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 April 8, 2005
Coast Guard inspector honored for conducting six-thousand vessel checks
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NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. When it comes to conducting boat inspections, 95-year-old Leonard Lesnik may have slowed down but he hasn't quit.

The Florida man is a member of the Coast Guard inspection team in South Florida. He has conducted more than six-thousand vessel safety checks in his career.

Lesnik was recently honored by his colleagues at the Coast Guard's Flotilla 52 in Jupiter, Florida.

Lesnik says at one point, he was averaging 500 or more boat checks a year. However, he says his advanced age and a bad knee have forced him to slow down his pace.

He says one of his most memorable experiences was heading out to assist a boater who was stranded near a sandbar. The boater turned out to be the late singer Perry Como.

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