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Newsmaker: Lee Yochum

| Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy Lt. Lee Yochum, formerly of Crafton and now a commissioned officer aboard the USS Anzio.
U.S. Navy Lt. Lee Yochum, formerly of Crafton and now a commissioned officer aboard the USS Anzio.

Lee Yochum

Noteworthy: Eastport, Maine, and the Navy have recognized Yochum, a sailor aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, for aiding the community during a port call there. In the wake of Hurricane Arthur, his crew battled gale winds, downed trees and pounding rain to help the city's volunteer fire department extinguish a house fire on July 5. Authorities determined that a damaged power line overwhelmed the home's appliances, sparking a fire that threatened nearby residences and a school. The crew later evacuated a home filled with propane gas, cleared the roads of debris and helped to reroute traffic.

Age: 26

Occupation: Lt. j.g. Yochum is a commissioned officer in the Navy.

Residence: Originally from Crafton, Yochum is stationed in Norfolk, Va.

Family: Father, Louis William Yochum; mother, Gail Louise Yochum. They reside in Crafton.

Education: Bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 2011 from Penn State.

Quote: β€œIt was good to be able to fall back on the good training we receive in the Navy and help someone who needed our assistance.”

β€” Carl Prine

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