Half Moon Bay volunteer firefighter Shawn Pugmire is the Coast Guard winner of the American Legion Spirit of Service Award. His accomplishments earned him this prestigious recognition, according to Battalion Chief Ari Delay of the Coastside Fire Protection District.
Petty Officer Pugmire consistently demonstrated selflessness and a devotion to serving others. Most notably, he volunteered over 600 hours of training and service in the last year as a volunteer fire fighter with the Half Moon Bay fire department.
As a volunteer fire fighter he responded to emergency calls, participated in and conducted weekly drills, supported department fundraisers, coordinated support for various events, and volunteered at local Cub
Scout pack meetings to provide training for the scouts in first aid. He routinely participated in Urban Shield training exercises which simulate multi-agency tactics in response to a variety of emergency situations.
In addition, he serves as head coach for the San Mateo Coastside Boys American Youth Soccer Organization, spending 5 to8 hours per week on head coaching responsibilities and Saturday games. Petty Officer Pugmire and his wife, Dena, partnered with a local company and created a teen workout program designed to build confidence in senior students through healthy habits, exercise, and physical education. Then those seniors provide mentorship for middle school children.
Pugmire was honored at the 2013 American Legion Annual National Convention in Houston, Texas Aug. 23 to 29.
His personal commitment to volunteer service is an inspiration to all. His contributions to the local and military community make him most deserving of the American Legion Spirit of Service Award.