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Emergency Medical Service Awards

Consumer/Citizen Award

A person who, not in the regular line of duty, performs life-saving, limb-saving, or medical techniques in a medical emergency. Shows quick-thinking, common sense, and an initiative to save a life or reduce injury.

2014

Melanie Coffee

2011

Dan Stang, DDS, Nome — In recognition of his quick life-saving actions that saved the life of a friend who had been attacked by a grizzly bear.

2010

Morgan Lockwood, Saint Michael — In recognition of her quick thinking and bravery in rescuing four children from a burning mobile home.

2009

Gregg Nappi — In recognition of his courageous and enduring act of skiing through the night and the next morning to save a friend who had tumbled more than 1,000 feet during an ice climb in April 2009.

2008

Larry Eggart of Nome — in recognition of two decades of courageous life-saving rescue as an Alaskan bush pilot.

2007

Matthew and Cindi Hopwood of Eielson AFB, for their essential actions and interventions at the scene of a mass casualty motor vehicle accident on the Seward Highway.

2006

Kara Burns, age 10, of Naknek, who is honored for saving two people from an overturned vehicle in a water-filled ditch on May 31, 2006

2005

Frank Wasmer of Skagway, whose quick action and cardiopulmonary resuscitation saved the life of his wife and resulted in her total recovery.

2004

Michael Pitka and Helen Alekie - Russian Mission, for a life-saving rescue of two children from drowning.

2003

for saving a mother and child from a burning motorhome

2002

Dean Osmar Clam Gulch; Bart Klonizos & Ryan Roemisch – Wyoming; David Blanchard, Sr., David Blanchard, Jr., Amelia Blanchard & Chris Hermez – Louisiana, for boat rescue in Cook Inlet

2001

Jeremy Sagoonick & Silas Paniptchuk - Shaktoolik, for using first aid skills to aid a hunting partner with a gunshot wound

2000

Capt. Louis Green, Jr. - Nome, for the rescue of a teenager from the waters of Nome harbor

1999

Peggy Fagerstrom - Nome, for performing life-saving CPR on a friend

1998

Radar Lambert - Kotzebue, a 10-year-old non-swimmer, for using a personal flotation device to save a friend from drowning

1997

Chris Norgaard, Ian Sharrock & Judd England, for the heroic rescue in Chugach State Park of 14 climbers who fell 1,000 feet down Ptarmigan Peak

1996

Chad Benson, Larry Faeo, John Neal, Levi Reilly - Soldotna, for saving lives in a motor vehicle crash

1995

Frank Hobson - Glennallen, for saving the life of his 5-year-old nephew, using First Aid and CPR training he received in school

1994

Dave Lewis - Sitka, for administering CPR to an elderly visitor


1993

Tom Burgess - North Pole; David Lancaster - Michigan; Robert Brantley - Georgia, for assisting passengers & bus driver after a head-on collision of a tour bus on the Parks Highway

1992

John Haddelan-Seward, for administering first aid to and transporting a hunting friend who suffered gunshot wounds


1991 Brian Adamson - Petersburg, a child who saved his friend from drowning in swimming pool;
Telaina & Selena Kempf - Barrow, teens who saved a man from drowning in the ocean


1990

Bill Halleran - Unalakleet, for aircraft search & rescue, triage & providing aid to patients

1989

Mike Hays - Juneau, for drowning rescue & providing CPR

1988

Mike Scupine - Anchorage, for drowning rescue & providing CPR

1987

Andre Cossett - Kodiak, 9-year-old who moved father from a heavy overhead door, called EMS & provided supportive care while waiting for EMS

1986

Esperidon Floresta, Jr. - Clarks Point, 8-year-old who rescued grandmother from burning house

1985

Gordon Birdsall - Palmer, 17-year-old who extricated victim in a single vehicle collision and provided CPR

1984

Kurt Gain - Seldovia, for water rescue of a family of five

1983

Barry Johnson, Dave & Betty Predeger - Anchorage, for drowning rescue & resuscitation

1982

Nelson Walker & Rich Smart - Kotzebue, bush pilots, for their heroic efforts to rescue victims of a plane crash

1981

15-year who aided a victim of a serious shooting accident

1980

William Headle - Ft. Wainwright; Alvin Ivory & Peter Davis - Eielson AFB, for drowning rescue

1979

Lynda Zaugg - Sitka, for two drowning rescues

1978

Nicholai & Huey Larson, 19 & 16 years old - Napaskiak, for drowning rescue