May 17, 2013
A touching story of appreciation in a way only a
mother could express herself, with cookies and a beautifully
Jordan Hanssen, recently rescued OAR Northwest transatlantic
rower, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation
(CWF) made great efforts to visit his rescuers at two USCG stations
for "Military Appreciation Month" last week.
Both the Clearwater and Miami Coast Guard Air Stations involved
in the early April rescue received a gratitude visit from Jordan,
who also presented them with a "Thank You" plaque. But what really
resonated with the Miami and Clearwater rescue crews were the
homemade cookies sent to them by Jordan's mother, which also
included a touching letter expressing her eternal gratitude.
It is safe to say amongst Jordan's efforts to personally thank
each and every USCG person who served in his rowing crews rescue,
coupled with his mother's touching letter topped by her homemade
cookies, both Coast Guard crews felt appreciated not only by the
rowing crew they rescued but especially by a grateful mother.
Seeing USCG members holding mom's cookies was a great finishing
touch after a successful week of promoting "Military Appreciation
Last week's Military Appreciation tour began with Jordan's
presentation to the USCG Opa Locka Station, in Miami.
Ironically, Miami is where the "Africa to Americas
Expedition" was originally scheduled to conclude, before theJames
Robert Hanssencapsized and the expedition was cut short.
Jordan also visited the ACR Electronics factory
in Ft Lauderdale, FL where he met and said "thank you" to the
workers who manufactured the ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons used
by the four rowers to signal the USCG when their boat capsized. The
Military Appreciation tour then wrapped up at the USCG station in