First Responder took its maiden Columbia River voyage on Wednesday and it was great to take a closer look at her when she tied off to the dock at the boat launch in east Columbia Park.

Kennewick Chief of Police Ken Hohenberg was happy to be there in a meet-and-greet host role as the water is in his past, he served in the Coast Guard, and possibly again in his future as he's running for Port of Kennewick District 1 Commissioner in the fall.

 

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The boat was dedicated as a tribute to Responders, Medical, Military and Health Care Providers and the christening was especially sweet for the retired law enforcement individuals from Oregon and Washington who attended.

First Responder, a vessel built from the deck up with over 2000 aluminum welds by veterans and first responders, is dedicated to, and enjoyed by, medical personnel, military veterans, health care providers and first responders. It's a beauty and it's bigger than my dinghy.

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You can spot First Responder, a 30-foot pontoon fishing boat, all this week on the Columbia River. At today's dockside christening, after an amazing amount of goose excrement was swept away, (hey they don't call it a poop deck for nothing) those assembled learned this craft is a trawler, it has four fishing decks, four downriggers, rod holders, a heater, BBQ and a pretty special bell.

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This bell is at least 100 years old as it was found and taken in World War II off the wreckage of a ship that God only knows how long it had been on the floor of the ocean.already.

The bell was discovered by a Veteran from Bend, Oregon, whose dying wish a number of years back was that the bell be displayed on a vessel of this nature, a boat dedicated to those who serve.

Thank you all from this individual member of a grateful nation.

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