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Live to Bring Life

Chief of Police Devin Hogue leads a prominent push against Fentanyl in our community.
J. Molina
Brenda Bird and Devin Hogue shared the impact of Fentanyl to the students of AHS.

Saving a life is not an easy task, but Chief of Police Devin Hogue did just that. At an AHS assembly earlier this year, Hogue decided to tell the story. “Staring into a sea of 400 people the same age” as the teenager he saved, Hogue pushed himself to provide an impact on the students of AHS. 

Hogue has worked for the Atlantic Police Department for 13 years, moving from Shenandoah to Atlantic in August of 2011 with his wife. Originally planning on getting a degree in business, Hogue was not expecting to find a future in police work. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a police officer,” said Hogue. “I threw my name in the hat here and it very much ended up being a fit.” 

Hogue accompanied Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird during the Drug Discussion Assembly at AHS on Feb. 2. Although not originally planning to speak on the issue, Hogue chose to stand on the stage in front of AHS students and staff and discuss the impact the Fentanyl crisis holds on Atlantic. Hogue was worried the impact of this issue would not reach the students. “I felt like we were losing them,” he said.

Hogue discussed an instance that had happened to him to the students. “It was a younger individual who had taken some Fentanyl,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent sure that they knew this.” The individual had overdosed, yet Hogue was not convinced they were aware they were taking Fentanyl. This was because Fentanyl can be easily laced into another substance. “This drug, in particular, it’s an entirely different animal.” Hogue administered NARCAN to the individual working with EMS. This was an eye-opening experience for Hogue “to actually watch somebody who is essentially not there. And then just see them come back to life.”

The grave impact Fentanyl holds is crucial to be discussed, said Hogue “because in an instant, it could all be done; it could all be over.” The Fentanyl issue has not just been a one-time scenario, however, with Hogue stating that there are “at least four or five other officers in our department who have the same story with other individuals.”

In an instant, it could all be done; it could all be over.

— Chief Hogue

The lasting impact this drug has had on our community is crucial to be discussed, and Hogue recognized this impact. The most important thing you can do if someone you know is using Fentanyl is “helping them reach out for help,” said Hogue.

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Alix Nath
Alix Nath, AHS Needle Editor
Alix Nath is a junior editor for the senior magazine and AHS Needle who likes to “dabble in a little bit of everything”, including The Javelin. Nath credits their brother Felix Nath, a 2022 AHS graduate, as the biggest inspiration for why they joined the journalism program. Nath’s proudest journalism accomplishment is their work on the senior magazine during their sophomore year. They made several writing contributions, major edits that aided the production of the magazine, and felt “really proud of how [the senior magazine] ended up because of the effort everyone put into it.” Nath’s journalism work strives to capture the “things you wouldn’t normally see,” shining extra light on the behind-the-scene processes of well-known events. Their tendency to dabble goes further than journalism. Nath is an active participant in AHS theatre - usually working as crew or tech, - speech and debate, concert band, marching band as a member of the color guard, and QSA. They draw happiness from school activities as well as their three cats and two dogs. A quote that would describe Nath and their passions best is, “I’m not always the best at things, but I try my best at things.”   By J. Molina
J. Molina
J. Molina, AHS Needle Editor
If you’re looking for a school staple, look for J. Molina’s bird. They draw the bird as a signature to show who they are in a creative way. Molina is an AHS Needle and Senior Magazine editor who is joining the broadcasting team this year. Molina is involved in many activities, such as marching band as a drum major, concert band as a bass clarinet, speech and debate, AHS theater, international club, QSA, and journalism. They use each activity as a “creative outlet,” and enjoy participating in each. They most enjoy speech and marching band. “I like swinging my arms like a fool,” Molina said. Story by Alix Nath

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