Bradley Snyder and Nick Fertal were recently named 2012 Volunteer Divers of the Year at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The two were selected for their volunteer service from 36 additional divers who participate in the Volunteer Dive program. The announcement was made by Aquarium Dive Safety Officer Patrick Murphy at the Aquarium’s Christmas Picnic and Volunteer Appreciation party.
Over the past year, Snyder and Fertal helped maintain the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit, containing a 50-foot replica of the American Civil War USS Monitor that wrecked in a winter storm 13miles off Cape Hatteras in 1862.
“The exhibit is also home to the largest collection of sharks found in North Carolina, including four sand tiger sharks up to 10-feet long and weighing more than 300 pounds, plus eight sandbar sharks and a nurse shark,” noted Murphy.
Snyder is a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attached to System Operations Flight 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base near Goldsboro. Bradley drives from the Raleigh area to volunteer each week at the Aquarium. Fertal is a machinery technician first class with the U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet near Nags Head.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium, contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Brooks email@example.com, or call 252-473-3494, ext. 254.
Left to right, Bradley Snyder, Patrick Murphy and Nick Fertal