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Friend who helped soldier survive is there for first bill

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ST. PAUL -- Todd Everson was there on John Kriesel's worst day, so it was only appropriate that he sat behind the freshmen legislator on one of his best days.

On Dec. 2, 2006, Everson was in the lead vehicle of a military convoy near Fallujah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb blew up Kriesel's Humvee 200 feet behind him. Everson felt the shock and headed back to help the three injured soldiers; only Kriesel survived, but just barely.

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