Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ernest J. Child, a 2008 graduate of Cedarcrest High School, Duvall, Wash., recently graduated from the Aviation Survival Technician Class "A" course and was promoted to his current rank at Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City, N. C.
During the course, Child received hands-on experience in the preparation, inspection, operation, repair and maintenance of aviation survival and rescue equipment. Child also was instructed in a very rigorous physical training and water rescue program.
This program prepared Child to become an integral part of a helicopter rescue team as a rescue swimmer. As a rescue swimmer Child must be fully able to function in a variety of hostile environments while completing water rescue operations.
Child joined the Coast Guard in August 2009.