Rep. Mike Levin Announces North County Hero as First Constituent of the Month for 2020

January 17, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that 17-year old North County resident Aidan Cohen is his Constituent of the Month for January. In a moment of quick instinct, Aidan heroically rushed to the aid of his next door neighbor, pulling him from his home, which was engulfed in flames, and saving his life. Aidan is a high school student at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas and likes to spend his free time diving and snowboarding. Disclaimer: Aidan’s mother is a member of Representative Levin’s Oceanside staff.

Representative Levin’s Constituent of the Month program recognizes outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County Residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. Levin’s Constituent of the Month for December was Chyanne Thomas, a Vista postal worker who found two missing children in a two-week span. His Constituent of the Month for November was Charles Anderson, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-Cities Chapter 95.

To nominate a resident of the 49th District to be the Constituent of the Month, fill out this nomination form.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Aidan Cohen in the Congressional Record:

Madam Speaker, it’s my honor to recognize 17-year old North County resident, Aidan Cohen, as my Constituent of the Month for January. In a moment of quick instinct, Aidan heroically rushed to help his next door neighbor, pulling him from his burning home and saving his life.

On the evening of December 12, 2019, Aidan Cohen and his older brother Ryan were enjoying a late-night snack when the power suddenly went out. Soon after, the brothers heard an explosion and rushed outside to find their next door neighbor’s home engulfed in flames.

The brothers shouted the owner’s name, but received no response. Overcome by smoke he had collapsed on the hallway floor. Aidan spotted him through a window, and without hesitation, broke the back door open and pulled the neighbor out to safety.

Everyone involved was grateful for our local first responders who were on the scene minutes later to administer first aid to the neighbor and save Aidan’s family home.

I launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to make our region a stronger place for everyone to live and thrive. Aidan’s selflessness is an extraordinary reminder that in severe times of need, setting aside our own fears to assist one another is a crucial foundation of our community. Thank you for being an exemplary model of true neighborly kindness in California’s 49th district, Aidan.

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