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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:01 am

Lake Havasu High School has noted two distinguished LHHS alumni to be included in the 2013 graduation ceremonies.

One is 1992 LHHS graduate Dan Kuch, who currently works as a senior police officer with Lake Havasu City Police Department. The other is 1987 LHHS graduate Andrew Aldridge, who currently works as a surgeon in Flagstaff, according to LHHS documents.

KUCH

While at LHHS, Kuch earned nine varsity letters, four in cross country, three in track and two in basketball. He was senior class vice-president and a member of National Honor Society, Who’s Who of American High School Students, the basketball club and the track club. Kuch was a four-year honor roll student and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a 3.8 grade point average. Additionally, he received several awards recognizing him as a model student.

After graduation, Kuch attended Northern Arizona University where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. While at NAU, he was a resident assistant at McConnell Hall. To support himself during college, Kuch worked as an associate manager at Perkins in Flagstaff, worked with Havasu’s Parks and Recreation kids during summer programs and was a certified lifeguard.

In 1995, Kuch completed a voluntary internship with the police department in Havasu.

Kuch’s claim is he is the first born-and-raised Havasuvian to be hired by the local police department. He was hired in 1997.

At the police department, Kuch currently works as or has worked as a field training officer, defensive tactics and physical fitness instructor, gang task force member, D.A.R.E. and N.O.V.A. youth programs, Explorer youth program, and Mohave Law Enforcement Explorer Academy counselor, among other things.

Kuch was awarded a life-saving award in 2012 after performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a male subject for 30 minutes. The man is alive today.

On his days off, Kuch works as a substitute teacher at Lake Havasu Unified School District.

In the community, Kuch is a youth soccer coach and is involved with Special Olympics.

Personally, Kuch continues to win many marathons and train for triathlons. He has been recognized by several runners groups and publications for his achievements.

Kuch is married to Nicole, who works as a teacher at LHUSD, and the couple have two children, 8-year-old Evan and 5-year-old Emerson.

Kuch credits LHHS teachers for his never-give-up attitude.

“During my four years at LHHS, academics never came easy to me in the classroom,” Kuch said in a prepared statement. “The instructors that I had encouraged me to work hard and to be determined.”

ALDRIDGE

While at LHHS, Aldridge played varsity tennis and basketball. He was president of his class as a sophomore and student body president 1985-1987. He also was Key Club president and a National Honor Society student. Aldridge was an honor roll student and was prom king in 1987.

After graduation, Aldridge attended New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell, N.M., earning an associate’s degree. He continued his education at University of Arizona, in Tucson, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992. Next up was med school at University of Arizona College of Medicine, also in Tucson. He graduated in 1997 and was a general surgery resident at University of Arizona.

Since, Aldridge has worked in the medical field in Flagstaff and is noted as the co-founder of Trauma/Acute Care surgeons of Arizona. The group provides trauma and general surgery coverage for hospitals in Northern Arizona.

In the community, Aldridge has been active with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has been an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor since 1998. He also is active with a Flagstaff-based church group and other youth groups. Flagstaff Surgical Associates, Aldridge’s work group, regularly contributes to an annual film festival and local charities including Northern Arizona Hospice and Sunshine Rescue Mission.

Aldridge is married to Jacqueline, who works as an accountant, and the couple have three children, 14-year-old William, 12-year-old Lauren and 10-year-old Ellie.

Aldridge credits LHHS as a place where he learned about himself.

“I grew up there,” he said in a prepared statement. “It is where I succeeded, failed, learned from others, and learned about myself … I wouldn’t trade my experiences at LHHS for anything.”

You may contact the reporter at jhanson@havasunews.com.

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