Pedrick always ready with Coast Guard career

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

It’s the job of Coast Guardsmen at units like ANT Kodiak to maintain navigational aids so commercial mariners can safely deliver products and groceries throughout the communities of Alaska .

ANT Kodiak’s primary mission is to maintain the aids to navigation from the entrance of the Prince William Sound in the east to the southwestern tip of Kodiak and ranging as far north as Point Hope in the Arctic .

When not occupied with maintaining beacons and buoys, ANT Kodiak provides a training vessel for the air station to hone and refine their skills for hoisting a basket or swimmer to a vessel from a helicopter to be ready for emergencies. They also simulate a vessel in distress for training exercises. This is done so when the aircrews have to respond to a maritime emergency they are ready to expertly place an emergency life raft or hoist basket on or near a vessel in distress.

Pedrick married a local beauty, Ruth Murphy and has 8-year-old twins Bobbie and Joshua. Last August, Ruth gave birth to a baby boy Vance Eugene Pedrick.

Pedrick said his wife is his hero who “picks up from everything she knows and moves around the world” to support his career, all the while caring for three children alone while he is deployed.

Ruth and Vance Pedrick are active in scouting and enjoy the outdoors and visiting Carrabelle.

Vance’s mother, Carrabelle resident Janice Pedrick, is very proud of her son and hopes he will be an example to Franklin County ’s youth.

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