Ron Walsh of Edgartown has been certified as a qualified communications watchstander at the United States Coast Guard Station Menemsha. Watchstanders monitor several Coast Guard radio channels for distress calls and dispatch Coast Guard search and rescue vessels.

Mr. Walsh, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard detachment of the Coast Guard auxiliary, underwent eight months of training to become a watchstander. Mr. Walsh is also qualified as a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel examiner.