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Edwards heads USCG National Waterway Watch program

Local resident and Coast Guard Auxiliary member Joe Edwards has been appointed Branch Chief-Special Projects in the Prevention Directorate of the Auxiliary national organization. 
 
Edwards has the responsibility to develop and deliver public programs to inform the boating, fishing, sailing and other groups about the America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) program. The goal is to heighten awareness of suspicious activity near or on any body of water.
 
Each day citizens witness what may be threats to public safety or crimes being committed. Because they are not really sure, they tend to ignore what they have just seen. 
 
The Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components have developed the America’s Waterway Watch program to provide a means by which citizens can report suspicious activity. It enlists the participation of those who live, work or play around America’s waterfront areas.
 
The program includes a National Response Center that provides 7/24 telephone availability of trained personnel to receive reports of suspicious activity. The National Response Center’s number is 877-24 WATCH. If there is immediate danger to life or property, citizens are asked to call 911 or the Coast Guard on Marine Channel 16.
 
Edwards has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for seven years. He has served in elected capacity with Flotilla 29 on Lake Lanier as the Vice Commander and as the Flotilla Commander. He is retired from Honeywell Avionics in St Petersburg, Fla., where he grew up. Edwards later moved to the Atlanta area and again retired there from an AT&T data center.

Posted online 9/29/17
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