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Fairchild Airman helps stop violent crime

Senior Airman Logan Lingren, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, creates a rivet pattern on a piece of sheet metal Nov. 15, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Lingren has been at Fairchild since 2012. He leads many programs in his shop and trains new Airmen on the basics of aircraft structural maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Senior Airman Logan Lingren, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, creates a rivet pattern on a piece of sheet metal Nov. 15, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Lingren has been at Fairchild since 2012. He leads many programs in his shop and trains new Airmen on the basics of aircraft structural maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Tech. Sgt. Steven Olander, 141st Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, and Senior Airman Logan Lingren, 92nd MXS aircraft structural maintenance technician, create a sidewall skin for the left landing gear wheel well Nov. 15, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. The skin replaced a portion of metal in the left landing gear wheel well affected by corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Tech. Sgt. Steven Olander, 141st Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, and Senior Airman Logan Lingren, 92nd MXS aircraft structural maintenance technician, create a sidewall skin for the left landing gear wheel well Nov. 15, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. The skin replaced a portion of metal in the left landing gear wheel well affected by corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Oct. 16, 2016, began as a normal day for Senior Airman Logan Lingren, unaware that his actions in a local restaurant restroom would make the evening news.

“I was doing my laundry at a laundromat in the Shadle area,” said Lingren, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician. “While my clothes were in the washer, I walked over to a fast food restaurant when I heard a woman calling for help.”

As Lingren entered the restaurant, he saw a distressed woman standing outside the men’s restroom screaming for help. Lingren rushed to the women’s aid, where she described the horrific scene of one man taking a knife from his jacket and stabbing another man. Lingren and a restaurant employee immediately ran into the restroom, identified the man with the knife and forced him to the ground. They then successfully were able to restrain the man’s arms and legs while attempting to remove the knife from his hand.

Lingren and the restaurant employee restrained the man until police arrived on scene and arrested him.

“Had I been in this situation again, I wouldn’t have done anything different,” Lingren said. “I hope if other people were in this situation, they would step in like I did.”

Lingren has been at Fairchild since June 2012, and is considered one of the most capable Airman in his shop.

“Working on a 60-year-old aircraft is not an easy task,” said Tech. Sgt. Todd Carrico, 92nd MXS aircraft structural maintenance section chief. “I am able to put Lingren in NCO positions and know the job is getting done right.”

Lingren runs numerous programs for his shop including hazardous waste, ground safety and air quality control. He trains incoming Airmen on the basic aircraft structural maintenance skills needed to accomplish the mission.

Hailing from Virginia, Lingren has been living in the Inland Northwest for nearly five years. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and performs stand-up comedy. Lingren hopes to travel and study theater after completing his enlistment.

“I am grateful for having experienced such an event, and I believe most people would do the same if they were in the situation," Lingren said. “Until it actually happens, you'll never really know for sure.”