8-year-old becomes honorary rescue swimmer

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Keola Marfil, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, assists honorary Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Bishop, an 8-year-old boy from Woodland, Wash., as he participates in modified rescue swimmer pool training at the air station, July 7, 2017. Members from the air station and Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington granted Bishop's wish to be a rescue swimmer in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning
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ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) An 8-year-old Washington boy becomes a rescue swimmer for Air Station Kodiak for one day. The Coast Guard station made his wish come true over the weekend in Kodiak.

On Friday aboard the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Andrew was designated as an honorary rescue swimmer after completing a modified rescue swimmer pool training and basic air crewman training.

Then on Saturday, Bishop was given a flight suit and reported for duty. During his day he was part of the aircrew that hoisted a hiker, with simulated injuries, to safety.

After the mission, Andrew met with various crew members and was presented and Air medal for his daring rescue work.

Capt. Mark Morin, commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, said he could not be more proud of the coordination effort. "Words cannot express the look on Andrew's face during his time spent with us and we are proud to have such a wonderful addition to the Air Station family."

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