Marvin O. Hill received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Environmental Hero Award Friday in Elkins, West
Virginia. The award was presented by Alan Rezek, Meteorologist in Charge
of the Charleston, West Virginia Weather
Forecast Office during a ceremony
at the Elkins' fire station.
Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA
volunteers for their "tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's
environment." Mr. Hill was honored for his work to improve the protection
of life and property in and around Randolph County, West Virginia. He has
installed river gauges to help in flooding situations, assisted FEMA in
flood mitigation, established rain gauge reporting networks with
volunteers, and many other activities that help improve public safety.
"NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer
so much of their time," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher,
Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA
administrator. "They set a perfect example for others to follow in their
communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them."
Established in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the
Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that
volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its
mission. Previous recipients include oceanographers Jean-Michel Cousteau
and Sylvia Earle, and actor Ted Danson, head of the American Oceans Campaign.
"On behalf of the 12,500 men and women working for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, I am pleased to present you with this 2003
Environmental Hero Award," Lautenbacher wrote in a letter to the
recipients. "Your dedicated efforts and outstanding accomplishments
greatly benefit the environment and make our nation a better place for all
There are a total of 36 winners-35 individuals and one organization. Five
awards are being presented posthumously. Recipients of the 2003 NOAA
Environmental Heroes Award are:
William A. McLellan
New Bedford, Mass.
Marvin O. Hill
Beverly, West Virginia
H. Don McFarland
San Antonio, Texas
Francis H. Smith
Morgan Angus and Tara Whittle
Moss Point, Miss.
Capt. Krzysztof Romowicz, Capt. Adam Kedziora, Capt. Darek Grzybek, Capt.
Marek Czapiewski, Mieczyslaw Miakinko, Robert Zuk, Januz Maslanka, Piotr
Kaminski, Wlodzimierz Jarzynski, Andrzej Kalicki, Daniel Skrzypek, Konrad
Socko, Marianna Pastuszak
Cathy P. McNeil
Miaramar, Puerto Rico
Thomas F. Kazo
Milton C. Shedd (posthumous)
Jackie Ciano, Michael Newcomer, Emily Argo, Tom Hinds (posthumous)
Fernandino Beach and Sarasota, Fla.
Alabama Emergency Response Team (ALERT)