Sea Tow South Mississippi Capt. Chris Ward knows exactly where to find good captains. Similarly, the U.S. Coast Guard knows when it should recognize and reward those who support its reserve personnel.
Last year Capt. Ward made the decision to search out and hire captains for his business who are in the Coast Guard reserve and he recently received the branches “Patriotic Employer Award.”
“I have hired two Coast Guard reserve personnel and I consider it one of the smartest decisions of my career as a Sea Tow franchise owner,” Capt. Ward said. “When you are able to find and work with people who love being on the water, understand what is required, and have the knowledge and training from the Coast Guard, you will have the best of the best.”
Glen Sefeck, who is a chief boatswain mate in the U.S. Coast Guard, was Capt. Ward’s first hire and the individual who nominated him to receive the award. From February 2014 to November 2015 the two were a team that people in south Mississippi knew and appreciated for their experience on the water.
“Capt. Chris not only supported my Coast Guard career, he hired me because of it,” Sefeck said. “Working with Chris, he trained me then trusted me to do the job. That’s about as good of a situation as one can ask for.”
Sea Tow South Mississippi has two boats used on the water for tows, delivering gas, salvaging, jump starts, and providing other on-the-water assistance. The franchise covers 74 miles of coastline every day in their distinct yellow boats. Often Capt. Ward would share duties with Glen helping to get boaters back to what they love most.
“Glen would think ahead, he always knew what to do on the water and how to do it right,” Capt. Ward explained. “He’s also a really good person. Someone you’d want as a friend.”