By Dave Leval: Coast Guard honors Kotzebue man who saved friend from drowning more than 20 years ago
Governor Mike Dunleavy joined the guests for the ceremony, which he said held extra meaning for him. He said Smith and Lambert were students of his at the elementary school he taught at in Kotzebue.
“If he let me go away with that current, then I probably never would have been found,” Smith said. “So, I love you, I’ll always love you and you’ll always be my hero.”
Lambert was the first person to save someone with a life jacket from the Kids Don’t Float program, which the Coast Guard says has been attributed to saving a total of 31 lives to date.
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NPR Renee Gross: ‘Get Off The Boat’ — Women In Commercial Fishing Industry Fight Sexual Harassment
Elma Burnham is the founder of Strength of the Tides. It’s a grassroots movement asking fishermen, boat captains and others to sign a pledge demanding zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault.
Burnham herself fishes commercially in Alaska, and she started the organization in 2017.
“So I first put the pledge online and sent it out to people I’d worked with in the past,” she said. “It got picked up more quickly than I expected.”
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