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Emergency Medical Service Awards

Consumer/Citizen Award

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 initiative to save a life or reduce injury.

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 cadiopulmonary resusciation 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 motor home

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 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 friend from drowning

1997

  • Chris Norgaard, Ian Sharrock & Judd England, for 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 head-on collision of tour bus on the Parks Highway

1992

  • John Haddelan - Seward, for administering first aid to and transporting a hunting friend who had suffered gun shot wounds

1991

  • Brian Adamson - Petersburg, a child who saved his friend from drowning in swimming pool;
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  • na & Selena Kempf - Barrow, teens who saved a man from drowning in 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 heavy overhead door, called EMS & provided supportive care while waiting for EMS

1986

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

1985

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

1984

  • Kurt Gain - Seldovia, for water rescue of 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 plane crash

1981

  • 15-year who aided victim of 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