Real Heroes Breakfast - 2016 Honorees

COMMUNITY SAFETY AWARD
Sponsored by: BP

KATHRYN CASELLO
Youth Suicide Prevention Outreach, “You Are Not Alone”, was started by Kathryn Casello when she was only 16 years old. The program teaches to recognize signs of suicide, talk about it and how to get adults involved. Kathryn learned that it makes a difference when youth are talking to youth using the same language. Her program reached out to high school students all over Alaska.





ADULT GOOD SAMARITAN
Sponsored by: Providence Health & Services Alaska

POSA LALAGA, DANIEL MULLINS, OFFICER TYLER SUTCLIFFE
A young woman decided to take her life at a pedestrian overpass near East High School. Several people stepped up trying to help her. Daniel Mullins talked to the girl while another citizen dialed 911. Posa Lalaga came up on the other side of the bridge and approached the girl. Officer Sutcliffe ensured no traffic was going underneath the bridge. Heroic efforts of 3 civilians and 1 police officer resulted in bringing the woman to safety with no harm to herself.






ALASKA SAFETY
Sponsored by: CH2M

MIKE RILEY
Yukon Kuskokwim Delta residents know they can count on Mike Riley and Bethel Search and Rescue. Mike is BSR President taking care not only about the search missions but also technological advances and how to raise funds for them, recruiting new youth volunteers to spread the knowledge of the terrain and marking the trails along the rivers to ensure safety of all travelers.






FIRE RESCUE
Sponsored by: Anchorage Firefighters Union Local 1264

MORDECAI GIONSON, ISAAC IAEA, DAN WORONIECKI
Christmas Eve afternoon, Isaac Iaea, Mordecai Gionson and Dan Woroniecki were working at Government Hill apartment complex. Isaac Iaea saw smoke and all three started evacuating the building. They pulled the fire alarm and dialed 911. While alarming the residents Isaac also helped one man out of the smoked area to safety.





MILITARY RESCUE
Sponsored by: Sam's Club

210 RQS, 211 RQS, 212 RQS, 144th AS, ALASKA RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER
April 7th - Three mountain climbers got stranded by severe weather at 8500 feet high at Knik Glacier. 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons and 144th Airlift Squadron responded with a rescue mission. Three long days later the weather permitted them to pick up the survivors. Due to coordinated efforts and dedication of all involved teams, three lives were saved that day.





GOOD YOUTH SAMARITAN
Sponsored by: First National Bank Alaska

JOIE JACKSON
Joie Jackson, student of Save High School, organized a community service event "Treat for Troops" to ensure soldiers stationed overseas would get a feeling of home during the holidays. Joie inspired fellow students, by her brother's story, which resulted not only in warm wishes and sweets for soldiers overseas but also brought the school together in working for a greater good.





MARINE RESCUE
Sponsored by: Dowland-Bach

KIMBERLY HESS, JOSEPH GAROFALO
August 5th - A fishing boat got flooded along the shore of the Aleutian Islands. More than 500 miles away US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak responded with a helicopter rescue mission: Lieutenant Commander Kimberly Hess and her crew with Joseph Garofalo serving as a Maintenance Technician flew for several hours. The rescue mission itself took only 20 minutes. At the time of this mission, LCDR Kimberly Hess was 6 month pregnant.






WORKPLACE SAFETY
Sponsored by: ConocoPhillips Alaska

ASHLEY WAGES, JOSH FEDELEM
Fort Knox volunteer Emergency Response Team is led by state certified paramedics Ashley Wages and Josh Fedelem who not only train in-house EMTs but also take a proactive approach to safety on the mine constantly searching for improvements in procedures and instructions. Either Ashley or Josh is always on the mine or can assist over the phone during nighttime, always ready to come and meet the ambulance vehicle en route if needed.






MEDICAL RESCUE
Sponsored by: Alaska Regional Hospital

ZACH FERGUSON
Laura Ferguson saw her husband collapse and yelled her son for help. Their son, Zach, has been practicing CPR training for years and immediately started chest compressions. Such initial aggressive and skillful CPR proved to be instrumental in further medical interventions resuscitating the patient in cardiac arrest.





WILDERNESS RESCUE
Sponsored by: Petrotechnical Resources Alaska

GLENN CURTIS
August 31st - Glenn Curtis was about to fly out to Denali for a regular sightseeing trip. Dispatch asked him to check out the Knik River area as distress call was received from a canoeist. The pilot was the first responder on site taking a challenging landing. As a result, Glenn Curtis with the help of tourists on board managed to rescue both the person and his dogs.