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Belize Tourism Board commends Frontline Hero Dwayne Garcia

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2023. 9:19 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is highlighting frontline hero Dwayne Garcia.

Dwayne was born on November 5, 1974 in Placencia Village.

He developed a deep love for the sea and fishing from a young age, influenced by his father, a fisherman.

At 16, he joined the Fisheries Department as a volunteer, eventually taking an office assistant position at the age of 18.

Dwayne’s keen navigation skills and knowledge quickly earned him the position of Assistant Coxswain at the Belize Fisheries Department.

 Over the years, Dwayne’s dedication and expertise led to his promotion in 2000, making him one of Belize’s top captains.

Dwayne expanded his skills through training in law enforcement, safety, and environmental areas.

He’s a certified PADI Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Advanced Open Water Diver.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he displayed extraordinary bravery when rescuing 18 fishermen from pirates in treacherous conditions.

With 30 years of dedicated service at the Fisheries Department, he’s a true asset to Belize’s marine conservation and fisheries efforts, deserving of recognition.

As part of the frontline hero award, Dwayne received a $1,500 cash prize, courtesy of the BTB and a two night stay for two at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas.

 

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