Berlin Lake receives water safety award

USACE Pittsburgh District - Berlin Lake
Published March 19, 2014

The Berlin Lake Natural Resources staff was awarded the 2013 Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) Water Safety Award (Team Category) for their partnering efforts to increase water safety awareness.


In 2013, Park Rangers Fatula, Pook, Rutkowski, Berry, Calai, Probst, Krall and Rohrer at Berlin Lake, Ohio began issuing citations to children 12 and under. These citations are issued to children caught on or near the water wearing their life jackets. The citation entitles the child caught wearing their life jacket to a free small cone at Blosser’s Dairy Drive Inn, a local Corps partner. The initiative shown by these individuals in implementing the Water Safety Ticket program for children, demonstrated a great commitment to the Corps efforts to provide a safe and enjoyable recreation experience.


During a receive visit, Col. Bernard Lindstrom, district commander, present the staff the safety award, in addition he awarded Waylon Reigle, a district maintenance mechanic deader, the Commanders Coin. Waylon is an excellent leader that demonstrates the skills and abilities to adjust to various tasks, communicates the objective, and works with the maintenance team to get the job done.   Communications is one of his stronger attributes to which he has proven to be of sound judgment resulting in efficiencies and effectiveness not only of the team but meeting the Corps mission.  His pro-active approach in suggesting new and innovative ways of how we can serve our customer has impacted the Corps favorably.