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8-year-old boy becomes honorary rescue swimmer in Alaska

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KODIAK, Alaska -

An 8-year-old boy from Washington has become an honorary rescue swimmer with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Andrew Bishop went through his training at Air Station Kodiak on Friday.

Andrew has a life-threatening medical condition. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made his trip to Alaska possible.

His father, T.J. Bishop, says Andrew first learned about rescue swimmers two years ago during a physical therapy trip to Florida. Andrew befriended a rescue swimmer from Air Station Miami and the idea blossomed.

Petty Officer 1st Class Keola Marfil says Andrew was "so excited to see rescue swimmers."

Bishop says his son will never forget the fun he had in Alaska.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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