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Farmington Marine met President Obama at an event paying tribute to fallen officers

Ashton DeFusco graduated last year from Farmington High School.?She is currently serving in the Marines.

Farmington High School graduate Ashton DeFusco had a close encounter with President Barack Obama at a recent event in Washington, D.C.

DeFusco, who was a member of the Tiger swim team starting in middle school, got a handshake from the President at an event held in honor of officers who died last year in the line of duty. Her father died Aug. 31 last year in a plane crash in Colorado. Obama spoke at a ceremony last week.

DeFusco walked into a Marine recruiting when she was a sophomore at FHS. She graduated three months early in March of 2012 and left for boot camp two days later. While at FHS she and another student started a military club to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by military men and women.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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