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On July 29, 2021, at approximately 2300 hours, Alaska Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid was patrolling the North Beach during Kenai River Dipnet Fishery. Trooper Reid was making contact with dipnetters warning them of the imminent closure for the evening when she noticed a twelve-year-old child being swept down the Kenai River towards the open ocean. Trooper Reid ran into the frigid Kenai River to save the child who was barely above the water. Once Trooper Reid made it to the child, she began to float down the river as well. A good samaritan, Antoine Aridou, took notice and used his dipnet to assist Trooper Reid and the child to safety. The child was evaluated by medics and then reunited with his parents. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank Mr. Aridou for his swift action and assistance.
Posted on 8/2/2021 10:46:00 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel