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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Aug. 8, 2012

To the editor:

I am endorsing Aaron Lojewski for the state of Alaska’s District 5 House representative.

I had a very informative conversation with Mike McMahon, who had the privilege of attending high school with Aaron and running with him on a daily basis during cross country and track practices. I learned about his past, and one particular event stands out, demonstrating Aaron’s exemplary leadership qualities.

Aaron, several other track team members, and Mike were jogging near several frayed, low-hanging power lines in the forest bordering their high school. Figuring the power lines were no longer live, one of their friends grabbed the lines as a joke. Much to the horror of the onlookers, the lines were not dead, and their friend was immediately electrocuted. With difficulty, he was kicked off the lines, his hands covered in bone-deep third-degree burns.

Acting quickly, Aaron put his Eagle Scout training to use, remaining calm and collected, treating their friend for shock. Aaron removed his shirt, and used it as a blanket in order to help warm their critically injured teammate, others followed his lead. Following this, Aaron raised the victim’s legs, ensuring proper blood flow to his vital organs and brain (his heart briefly stopped immediately following the accident).

Thanks to Aaron’s actions in this highly stressful situation, and many weeks in an intensive-care burn unit, their friend regained full function of his hands. Is Aaron a hero? Hero or not, he certainly managed to take control of this stressful, life-threatening situation.

Aaron has impressed me with both his extensive knowledge of the Interior as well as his passion for local politics. I hope you give Aaron your vote in the Republican primary, Aug. 28.

Heidi Livengood

Fairbanks

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