JONESPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a ceremony 41 years after his death, but Alvin Beal finally got the recognition he deserves.
Beal was recognized for saving his father's life following a boating accident off Great Wass Island in October 1972 that took Beal's life. The ceremony was held at the Community Church of Christ Friday, where Beal's mother and two sisters accepted the United State's Coast Guard's Certificate of Valor on Beal's behalf.
"It meant a whole lot. I have never been to a ceremony like this and I think it was beautiful," said his mother Margaret Beal.
Senator Susan Collins joined Rear Adm. Daniel Abel, 1st Coast Guard District, to present the prestigious life saving award that is one of the Coast Guards highest honors.
"Heros come in all sizes, shapes and ages and in this particular case it was a very young hero that certainly showed an act of courage," said Adm. Abel.
The ceremony was held on what would have been Beal's 58th birthday. His family still celebrate's his legacy even decades after his death.
"We could have lost both of them. He's our hero and he always will be," said sister Mercy Beal.
The family plans of putting the Certificate of Valor on display at a local museum in Jonesport.