By Tim Kowols
The family of a Door County lighthouse keeper donated his lifesaving medal to the Door County Maritime Museum last week, adding to its collection of artifacts celebrating the occupation. Martin Knudsen earned the award while operating the Pilot Island Lighthouse in 1892. He is credited with single-handedly saving crews from the Gillmore and the Nichols as they traveled through Death’s Door. Knudsen received the award in the mail from the Live Saving Benevolent Association of New York. Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Amy Paul says it is a great honor to add such a piece to its collection.
Paul says the museum is still trying to determine the best possible way to display the medal for the public to see.