WASHINGTON – Benjamin Jacober, a 2007 graduate of Butler High School, was awarded the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Valor for his role in the rescue of two women who were in danger of drowning.
The award is the Department’s highest recognition for extraordinary acts of valor. Jacober joined 12 other recipients who were recognized by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson.
“On a routine basis, I’ve been consistently impressed with the repeated acts of valor committed by our DHS people, across our components, whether on or off duty,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson. “I want everyone who is receiving this award, which is the highest award I can give for an act of valor, to know how proud we all are of you for how you represent us in the Department of Homeland Security.”
Jacober, serves as Operations Specialist Third Class on the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane out of Portsmouth, Virginia.
On July 6, 2015, Operations Specialist Third Class Benjamin Jacober was off-duty with his shipmates from Cutter Harriet Lane near Bocas del Toro, Panama. As the group was walking, Petty Officer Jacober saw two women in the water frantically waving for help. Petty Officer Jacober sprinted down the beach and entered the water. Using his training as a Cutter Rescue Swimmer, he reached one of the fatigued women and kept her head above water. Petty Officer Jacober towed her back through rough waves to shore, and his fellow crewmembers assisted them onto the beach. A lifeguard was able to rescue the second victim.
While at Butler, Jacober was the captain of the Aviator swimming team during his senior season. He graduated from Ohio State University in 2011.
Joined by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and DHS senior leadership, Secretary Johnson recognized 13 DHS employees for their courage and selfless actions that protected individuals from harm, saved another’s life, or safeguarded infrastructure in support of national security.
Darrell Wacker contributed to this story.