Lieutenant Andrea Gelvin  Chena Goldstream Volunteer Fire and Rescue Lt. Andrea Gelvin is a Lead Medic and Battalion Officer for Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue and is also the recruit coordinator for her department. She handles all the in-processing and is the main contact for their first few weeks. She retired from teaching a few years ago but still helps the community by teaching CPR and many other classes. She travels all over the state to different schools, helping them set up health classes like ETT, EMT, and other pre medical classes. Before moving to Fairbanks, Andrea lived in Central, Alaska where she worked as the Central Emergency Team leader. When she learned she’d be moving to Fairbanks in 1990, she became an EMT instructor so she could teach the folks at Central before having to leave. She continuously goes back to teach EMT courses to the people of Central to make sure they are up to date and ready for emergencies. Andrea loves educating people. She loves training people to save lives, and teaching younger people about future opportunities they have within the EMS world. She is always “on the job”. Even if she’s at home watching a movie, she keeps her ears open for a call and is ready to help anyone that needs it at a moment’s notice. 

Lieutenant Andrea Gelvin

 Chena Goldstream Volunteer Fire and Rescue


Lt. Andrea Gelvin is a Lead Medic and Battalion Officer for Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue and is also the recruit coordinator for her department. She handles all the in-processing and is the main contact for their first few weeks. She retired from teaching a few years ago but still helps the community by teaching CPR and many other classes. She travels all over the state to different schools, helping them set up health classes like ETT, EMT, and other pre medical classes. Before moving to Fairbanks, Andrea lived in Central, Alaska where she worked as the Central Emergency Team leader. When she learned she’d be moving to Fairbanks in 1990, she became an EMT instructor so she could teach the folks at Central before having to leave. She continuously goes back to teach EMT courses to the people of Central to make sure they are up to date and ready for emergencies. Andrea loves educating people. She loves training people to save lives, and teaching younger people about future opportunities they have within the EMS world. She is always “on the job”. Even if she’s at home watching a movie, she keeps her ears open for a call and is ready to help anyone that needs it at a moment’s notice. 

Staff Sergeant Ashley E. Coe Eielson Air Force Base 354th MDG/MDOS SSgt Coe is a paramedic with the 354th Medical Group at Eielson Air Force Base. She is recognized for her willingness to go above and beyond expectations, both on and off duty. SSgt Coe is being recommended for this honor due to her hard-charging work ethic, and also the conviction with which she commits to every act of service. She is also a quick thinker who helped save a patient's life by recognizing a stroke early on. Coe has helped her community in many ways including aiding the oversight of the Public Access Defibrillator program with 68 devices deployed, developing a medication administration course to maintain base health personnel’s proficiency, and providing volunteer medical coverage for Ben Eielson High School football games. She has delivered medical training to 60 firefighters, instructed Basic Life Support (BLS) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses for the base and public, coordinated remote range support for training exercises, and provided sole medical support for bomb squads. She also volunteers for live burn training events and cold-water rescue training

Staff Sergeant Ashley E. Coe

Eielson Air Force Base 354th MDG/MDOS


SSgt Coe is a paramedic with the 354th Medical Group at Eielson Air Force Base. She is recognized for her willingness to go above and beyond expectations, both on and off duty. SSgt Coe is being recommended for this honor due to her hard-charging work ethic, and also the conviction with which she commits to every act of service. She is also a quick thinker who helped save a patient's life by recognizing a stroke early on. Coe has helped her community in many ways including aiding the oversight of the Public Access Defibrillator program with 68 devices deployed, developing a medication administration course to maintain base health personnel’s proficiency, and providing volunteer medical coverage for Ben Eielson High School football games. She has delivered medical training to 60 firefighters, instructed Basic Life Support (BLS) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses for the base and public, coordinated remote range support for training exercises, and provided sole medical support for bomb squads. She also volunteers for live burn training events and cold-water rescue training

Detective Avery Thompson Fairbanks Police Department Detective Avery Thompson is a veteran officer and investigator having spent years as an undercover narcotics investigator prior to his promotion to detective. Detective Thompson is a leading computer and cell phone forensic examiner in the state, specializing in stopping child pornography and investigation crimes against children. His forensic analysis skills have provided critical evidence in several high profile cases, including the John Kavairlook homicide investigation earlier this year. 

Detective Avery Thompson

Fairbanks Police Department


Detective Avery Thompson is a veteran officer and investigator having spent years as an undercover narcotics investigator prior to his promotion to detective. Detective Thompson is a leading computer and cell phone forensic examiner in the state, specializing in stopping child pornography and investigation crimes against children. His forensic analysis skills have provided critical evidence in several high profile cases, including the John Kavairlook homicide investigation earlier this year. 

Lieutenant Chad Rathbun  North Pole Police Department Lt. Rathbun has a proven track record of exceptional commitment to the safety of the community. He was instrumental in securing the apprehension and incarceration of a career deviant criminal who jumped state lines to avoid being monitored. Although the case seemed benign to some, it was Lt. Rathbun’s investigation that uncovered a sex offender registration violation in another state and what appeared to be serial criminal behavior in multiple states. He led the investigation and forwarded charges on this individual so that he was charged and convicted of crimes related to this incident.  Lt. Rathbun did not let it go there.  He followed the movements of this individual, and discovered he was violating in another state and was in contact with children. Lt. Rathbun reached out and made sure the authorities in that jurisdiction were aware, which led to the individual being apprehended. According to Sr. Inspector Lisa Norbert with the DEA, Lt. Rathbun’s work in the investigation “was critical in showing the federal judge in Washington that the culprit is continuing his deviant behavior and is a danger to the community; resulting in his detention.” We are confident that this predator would have continued unnoticed had Lt. Rathbun not pursued this repeat offender.  We do not often see this sort of above and beyond behavior from officers once a violator leaves the area. Lt. Rathbun is passionate about protecting children from predators and it is apparent that his actions saved other children from a lifetime of emotional trauma.

Lieutenant Chad Rathbun

 North Pole Police Department


Lt. Rathbun has a proven track record of exceptional commitment to the safety of the community. He was instrumental in securing the apprehension and incarceration of a career deviant criminal who jumped state lines to avoid being monitored. Although the case seemed benign to some, it was Lt. Rathbun’s investigation that uncovered a sex offender registration violation in another state and what appeared to be serial criminal behavior in multiple states. He led the investigation and forwarded charges on this individual so that he was charged and convicted of crimes related to this incident.  Lt. Rathbun did not let it go there.  He followed the movements of this individual, and discovered he was violating in another state and was in contact with children. Lt. Rathbun reached out and made sure the authorities in that jurisdiction were aware, which led to the individual being apprehended. According to Sr. Inspector Lisa Norbert with the DEA, Lt. Rathbun’s work in the investigation “was critical in showing the federal judge in Washington that the culprit is continuing his deviant behavior and is a danger to the community; resulting in his detention.” We are confident that this predator would have continued unnoticed had Lt. Rathbun not pursued this repeat offender.  We do not often see this sort of above and beyond behavior from officers once a violator leaves the area. Lt. Rathbun is passionate about protecting children from predators and it is apparent that his actions saved other children from a lifetime of emotional trauma.

Officer David Schneider   Fairbanks International Airport Police & Fire Officer Schneider is recognized for demonstrating exemplary service in March of this year. Officer Schneider’s professionalism and dedication was instrumental in ensuring that a bad day did not take an even more horrific turn. One of our good neighbors in the community had lost their job. As can happen during major life crises, this man had sunk into pit of despair accompanied by extreme depression and extreme behavior, fueled by medical complication issues.  Officer Schneider encountered this extreme behavior in the terminal one day. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, he spent valuable time with the gentleman and was able to redirect the man back into his support network instead of leaving town. The wife of this gentleman has relayed that her husband’s doctors credit Officer Schneider with saving his life due to the discovery of a major descending lateral artery blockage called the “widow maker” when he sought help for his medical complications.  His wife stated that doctors told her he would have been dead within the week if he had not sought medical attention when he did. The gentleman had a stent placed in his heart and is recovering well, as well as dealing with his adversities in a constructive and positive way. We commend Officer David Schneider for the dedicated service that he provided to this gentleman. 

Officer David Schneider  

Fairbanks International Airport Police & Fire


Officer Schneider is recognized for demonstrating exemplary service in March of this year. Officer Schneider’s professionalism and dedication was instrumental in ensuring that a bad day did not take an even more horrific turn. One of our good neighbors in the community had lost their job. As can happen during major life crises, this man had sunk into pit of despair accompanied by extreme depression and extreme behavior, fueled by medical complication issues.  Officer Schneider encountered this extreme behavior in the terminal one day. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, he spent valuable time with the gentleman and was able to redirect the man back into his support network instead of leaving town. The wife of this gentleman has relayed that her husband’s doctors credit Officer Schneider with saving his life due to the discovery of a major descending lateral artery blockage called the “widow maker” when he sought help for his medical complications.  His wife stated that doctors told her he would have been dead within the week if he had not sought medical attention when he did. The gentleman had a stent placed in his heart and is recovering well, as well as dealing with his adversities in a constructive and positive way. We commend Officer David Schneider for the dedicated service that he provided to this gentleman. 

Grant Galvin  University Fire Department Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, Grant Galvin was active in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. After graduating high school in Virginia, he moved to Fairbanks to join the UAF-CTC Fire Academy. He currently works for the University Fire Department, where he has eared his associates degree in paramedicine, and is currently studying for a biology degree. Galvin has been instrumental in assisting his department in bringing the EMS program to the next level. With Grant’s leadership, the University Fire Department has been able to put new drugs and equipment into service, and implement policies that will make a lifesaving difference for our service area residents. After getting his degree, Galvin plans to continue his work in EMS and is thinking about joining the Air National Guard. Grant loves that each day is different from the last. The excitement of not knowing what will happen each day is part of the reason he loves EMS work. The main reason he likes firefighting though, is that he gets to help people on their worst days. He strives to make these bad days as good as possible for people in their time of need.

Grant Galvin

 University Fire Department


Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, Grant Galvin was active in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. After graduating high school in Virginia, he moved to Fairbanks to join the UAF-CTC Fire Academy. He currently works for the University Fire Department, where he has eared his associates degree in paramedicine, and is currently studying for a biology degree. Galvin has been instrumental in assisting his department in bringing the EMS program to the next level. With Grant’s leadership, the University Fire Department has been able to put new drugs and equipment into service, and implement policies that will make a lifesaving difference for our service area residents. After getting his degree, Galvin plans to continue his work in EMS and is thinking about joining the Air National Guard. Grant loves that each day is different from the last. The excitement of not knowing what will happen each day is part of the reason he loves EMS work. The main reason he likes firefighting though, is that he gets to help people on their worst days. He strives to make these bad days as good as possible for people in their time of need.

Airman First Class Jeffrey K. Wayer Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM Jeffrey Wayer is a very active and dedicated firefighter. In addition to completing all his training certifications ahead of schedule, he is very involved with the local community.  A1C Wayer helped raised funds for the St. Baldricks' Cancer Foundation. This foundation raised a total of $35 million dollars nationwide to help raise awareness for youth cancer research.  He also volunteered at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and assisted in distributing items to families throughout the borough. Wayer spent multiple hours at the non-profit Loving Companions pet rescue shelter where he cleaned kennels, walked dogs, and helped maintain the habitats for animals in need. He also volunteered at the school district, leading a fire truck demonstration for the local school children. He demonstrated the equipment and gear to 30 children while explaining fire safety and prevention tips.  As part of the after school programs, he conducted fire inspections and evacuation drills to ensure the safety of over 400 students at schools on base. 

Airman First Class Jeffrey K. Wayer

Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM


Jeffrey Wayer is a very active and dedicated firefighter. In addition to completing all his training certifications ahead of schedule, he is very involved with the local community.  A1C Wayer helped raised funds for the St. Baldricks' Cancer Foundation. This foundation raised a total of $35 million dollars nationwide to help raise awareness for youth cancer research.  He also volunteered at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and assisted in distributing items to families throughout the borough. Wayer spent multiple hours at the non-profit Loving Companions pet rescue shelter where he cleaned kennels, walked dogs, and helped maintain the habitats for animals in need. He also volunteered at the school district, leading a fire truck demonstration for the local school children. He demonstrated the equipment and gear to 30 children while explaining fire safety and prevention tips.  As part of the after school programs, he conducted fire inspections and evacuation drills to ensure the safety of over 400 students at schools on base. 

Investigator Kirsten Hansen Alaska State Troopers Detachment D Investigator Hansen is an outstanding investigator.  Investigator Hansen displays outstanding attention to detail and in 2015 worked on over 10 homicide investigations where she personally investigated 15 sexual assault investigations and provided support for 2 officer-involved shooting investigations.  Investigator Hansen can be counted on to provide support to the Alaska State Troopers either in rural or urban environments.  Hansen has been working with the troopers for 14 ½ years. She currently works for the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI), and has been for the past 4 years. Previously, she has worked as a patrol officer in Fairbanks, the Village of Emmonak, and in Delta Junction. Prior to being an officer, Hansen had worked in dentistry for 15 years. She currently volunteers for her church for youth and singles activities. In her free time, she likes to garden, spend time with her family and dogs in the outdoors, and has an interest in photography. The thing she enjoys the most about her work is working crime scenes, and putting together a case by finding the facts/evidence to solve it.

Investigator Kirsten Hansen

Alaska State Troopers Detachment D


Investigator Hansen is an outstanding investigator.  Investigator Hansen displays outstanding attention to detail and in 2015 worked on over 10 homicide investigations where she personally investigated 15 sexual assault investigations and provided support for 2 officer-involved shooting investigations.  Investigator Hansen can be counted on to provide support to the Alaska State Troopers either in rural or urban environments.  Hansen has been working with the troopers for 14 ½ years. She currently works for the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI), and has been for the past 4 years. Previously, she has worked as a patrol officer in Fairbanks, the Village of Emmonak, and in Delta Junction. Prior to being an officer, Hansen had worked in dentistry for 15 years. She currently volunteers for her church for youth and singles activities. In her free time, she likes to garden, spend time with her family and dogs in the outdoors, and has an interest in photography. The thing she enjoys the most about her work is working crime scenes, and putting together a case by finding the facts/evidence to solve it.

Officer Dwayne “Kirt” Allen  Fairbanks Police Department Dwayne “Kirt” Allen has been a Fairbanks Police Officer since 1999.  Prior to coming to work for the City of Fairbanks, Officer Allen served with the Kotzebue Police Department from 1997-1999. In his 19 years of law enforcement service in Alaska, he has and continues to hold a position on the FPD Tactical Team as an entry member. In his time away from the Fairbanks Police Department, Kirt has assisted with coaching high school wrestling for the last 30 years.  He has done so in Kotzebue, Anchorage and in Fairbanks since 2004.  Most of the local coaching takes place at Lathrop High School and he has taken personal leave for years to help these high school wrestlers. Officer Allen has also traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to assist in wrestling.  Officer Allen trains FPD officers during quarterly and annual firearms sessions and keeps his skills proficient by training with the Tactical Police team on a monthly basis. 

Officer Dwayne “Kirt” Allen

 Fairbanks Police Department


Dwayne “Kirt” Allen has been a Fairbanks Police Officer since 1999.  Prior to coming to work for the City of Fairbanks, Officer Allen served with the Kotzebue Police Department from 1997-1999. In his 19 years of law enforcement service in Alaska, he has and continues to hold a position on the FPD Tactical Team as an entry member. In his time away from the Fairbanks Police Department, Kirt has assisted with coaching high school wrestling for the last 30 years.  He has done so in Kotzebue, Anchorage and in Fairbanks since 2004.  Most of the local coaching takes place at Lathrop High School and he has taken personal leave for years to help these high school wrestlers. Officer Allen has also traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to assist in wrestling.  Officer Allen trains FPD officers during quarterly and annual firearms sessions and keeps his skills proficient by training with the Tactical Police team on a monthly basis. 

Maccoy Walker Rookie of the Year Award North Star Volunteer Fire Department Maccoy Walker served as a cadet firefighter for 4 years before he became a volunteer firefighter at North Star Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the force as a cadet on his 14th birthday, and on his 18th birthday he spent the day at the station becoming a full-fledged firefighter. On top of that, Maccoy is finishing up high school (where he also plays on his school’s hockey team) and working a job with Pearson Auto. A regular day for Maccoy is to wake up, go to school in the mornings, go to work in the afternoon, and go to North Star Fire all night before starting things all over again the next day. Maccoy loves learning new things every day, and loves that  every call he gets while volunteering is a surprise. While he hopes nobody gets hurt, he loves the thrill of not knowing what might happen in a particular day. This excitement drives him to want to work towards being a full on firefighter once he finishes his Fire 1 and EMT 1 in the next year or two. He plans to still work for North Star, but his main goal is to serve in a larger station in Anchorage. 

Maccoy Walker Rookie of the Year Award

North Star Volunteer Fire Department


Maccoy Walker served as a cadet firefighter for 4 years before he became a volunteer firefighter at North Star Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the force as a cadet on his 14th birthday, and on his 18th birthday he spent the day at the station becoming a full-fledged firefighter. On top of that, Maccoy is finishing up high school (where he also plays on his school’s hockey team) and working a job with Pearson Auto. A regular day for Maccoy is to wake up, go to school in the mornings, go to work in the afternoon, and go to North Star Fire all night before starting things all over again the next day. Maccoy loves learning new things every day, and loves that  every call he gets while volunteering is a surprise. While he hopes nobody gets hurt, he loves the thrill of not knowing what might happen in a particular day. This excitement drives him to want to work towards being a full on firefighter once he finishes his Fire 1 and EMT 1 in the next year or two. He plans to still work for North Star, but his main goal is to serve in a larger station in Anchorage. 

Trooper Malik Jones  Alaska State Troopers Detachment D Trooper Jones is a member of the Special Projects Unit and has solved numerous complex criminal investigations. He serves his community by teaching Distracted Driving to students and assisting with Project Lifesaver and Neighborhood Watch. Trooper Jones is also tasked with responding to fatality accident investigations. Trooper Jones spends his off duty time assisting with numerous community athletic programs and service organizations.  MAC

Trooper Malik Jones

 Alaska State Troopers Detachment D


Trooper Jones is a member of the Special Projects Unit and has solved numerous complex criminal investigations. He serves his community by teaching Distracted Driving to students and assisting with Project Lifesaver and Neighborhood Watch. Trooper Jones is also tasked with responding to fatality accident investigations. Trooper Jones spends his off duty time assisting with numerous community athletic programs and service organizations. 
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Technical Sergeant Mark Peterson  Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM As a Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) operational member, TSgt Peterson assists the Alaska State Troopers with lost person incidents anywhere in the State of Alaska.  He is a National Associate for Search and Rescue (NASAR) certified SARTECH II and Tracker III (1 of 14 in the state with both skillsets).  TSgt Peterson has completed several hours of intense training that covers advanced land navigation, search techniques, advanced tracking skills, intro to incident command, small unit leadership, crew safety, SAR dog tactics, traversing hazardous terrain and improvised crew transport.  He is also working toward his public safety diver certification for the search and recovery of persons and objects under water.  It is the first team of its kind in the North Star Borough area.    

Technical Sergeant Mark Peterson

 Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM


As a Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) operational member, TSgt Peterson assists the Alaska State Troopers with lost person incidents anywhere in the State of Alaska.  He is a National Associate for Search and Rescue (NASAR) certified SARTECH II and Tracker III (1 of 14 in the state with both skillsets).  TSgt Peterson has completed several hours of intense training that covers advanced land navigation, search techniques, advanced tracking skills, intro to incident command, small unit leadership, crew safety, SAR dog tactics, traversing hazardous terrain and improvised crew transport.  He is also working toward his public safety diver certification for the search and recovery of persons and objects under water.  It is the first team of its kind in the North Star Borough area.

 

 

Trooper Matthew Iverson  Alaska State Troopers Detachment D Trooper Iverson is assigned to the Fairbanks Roving Rural Unit, so he routinely responds to calls for service from the rural communities in Interior Alaska. Trooper Iverson was selected as D Detachment’s 2015 Trooper of the Year because of his tenacious work ethic and positive attitude. Before Iverson became a Trooper, he worked 3.5 years at a maximum security correctional facility in Dallas, Texas. He has served 4 years as a State Trooper, and is currently working on becoming an investigator with the Alaska Bureau of Investigations (ABI). Iverson grew up in the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania, then graduated high school in California. He worked several jobs outside of policing and investigations, including: working on a ranch, at a Sylvan Learning Center, and at a Starbucks as a shift supervisor and barista. He enjoys spending his free time with his friends and his 1-year-old pit bull. On the job, he loves being able to travel around the state while serving Alaska’s citizens. He gets to see a wide array of cultures and people, while also serving them as an officer and helping them with what they need.

Trooper Matthew Iverson

 Alaska State Troopers Detachment D


Trooper Iverson is assigned to the Fairbanks Roving Rural Unit, so he routinely responds to calls for service from the rural communities in Interior Alaska. Trooper Iverson was selected as D Detachment’s 2015 Trooper of the Year because of his tenacious work ethic and positive attitude. Before Iverson became a Trooper, he worked 3.5 years at a maximum security correctional facility in Dallas, Texas. He has served 4 years as a State Trooper, and is currently working on becoming an investigator with the Alaska Bureau of Investigations (ABI). Iverson grew up in the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania, then graduated high school in California. He worked several jobs outside of policing and investigations, including: working on a ranch, at a Sylvan Learning Center, and at a Starbucks as a shift supervisor and barista. He enjoys spending his free time with his friends and his 1-year-old pit bull. On the job, he loves being able to travel around the state while serving Alaska’s citizens. He gets to see a wide array of cultures and people, while also serving them as an officer and helping them with what they need.

Officer Max Becker  University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department   Officer Becker has the highest arrest rate of any officer in the department. He regularly assists other agencies such as the Alaska State Troopers (AST) on calls for service when they are shorthanded. AST Dispatch has made it a point in the past to call UAF PD Dispatch to see if Officer Becker is on duty and available for backup. Of special note is an incident that occurred on May 29. AST requested that Officer Becker respond with a Fairbanks Police Officer to the area of Drake Street and Steelhead Road to assist AST with a disturbance. While in route the call turned into a shots fired call that ultimately resulted in a homicide. Officer Becker was one of the first officers on scene. He immediately focused on public safety and scene security. His fast and focused actions ensured the integrity of the crime scene as well as the identification of witnesses. Officer Becker remained on scene assisting with the investigation until AST Investigators could respond from their homes to the scene. His actions helped lead a successful investigation that resulted in the eventual identification and apprehension of the homicide suspect and getaway driver. Officer Becker is an extremely well rounded officer who proudly fulfills all the duties and responsibilities of a Law Enforcement Officer.   

Officer Max Becker

 University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department

 
Officer Becker has the highest arrest rate of any officer in the department. He regularly assists other agencies such as the Alaska State Troopers (AST) on calls for service when they are shorthanded. AST Dispatch has made it a point in the past to call UAF PD Dispatch to see if Officer Becker is on duty and available for backup. Of special note is an incident that occurred on May 29. AST requested that Officer Becker respond with a Fairbanks Police Officer to the area of Drake Street and Steelhead Road to assist AST with a disturbance. While in route the call turned into a shots fired call that ultimately resulted in a homicide. Officer Becker was one of the first officers on scene. He immediately focused on public safety and scene security. His fast and focused actions ensured the integrity of the crime scene as well as the identification of witnesses. Officer Becker remained on scene assisting with the investigation until AST Investigators could respond from their homes to the scene. His actions helped lead a successful investigation that resulted in the eventual identification and apprehension of the homicide suspect and getaway driver. Officer Becker is an extremely well rounded officer who proudly fulfills all the duties and responsibilities of a Law Enforcement Officer.   

Peyton Meredeth

Richard Sweet Outstanding Law Enforcement Award  Fairbanks Police Department Richard “Rick” Sweet has served as a police officer with the Fairbanks Police Department for 4 years now. Rick grew up in Detroit where he graduated in 1984 and joined the Army. During his time serving, he earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, and his master's degree in 2009 from Central Michigan University. He retired from the Army a Major, and joined the Fairbanks Police Department shortly thereafter. Officer Sweet spends a lot of his free time with his kids, helping them with their hobbies. He has coached a youth soccer team, and volunteers to help the North Star Ballet Company set up their productions. When Rick left the Army, he still felt that he needed to serve and be a part of something bigger than himself. The thing that Rick loves about his job the most is that he gets to help people. He loves the people he works with, and loves helping people on a daily basis. 

Richard Sweet Outstanding Law Enforcement Award

 Fairbanks Police Department


Richard “Rick” Sweet has served as a police officer with the Fairbanks Police Department for 4 years now. Rick grew up in Detroit where he graduated in 1984 and joined the Army. During his time serving, he earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, and his master's degree in 2009 from Central Michigan University. He retired from the Army a Major, and joined the Fairbanks Police Department shortly thereafter. Officer Sweet spends a lot of his free time with his kids, helping them with their hobbies. He has coached a youth soccer team, and volunteers to help the North Star Ballet Company set up their productions. When Rick left the Army, he still felt that he needed to serve and be a part of something bigger than himself. The thing that Rick loves about his job the most is that he gets to help people. He loves the people he works with, and loves helping people on a daily basis. 

Officer Robert Hall City of Fairbanks Police Department Robert Hall has been a Fairbanks Police Officer since 2009. Prior to coming to work for the City of Fairbanks, Officer Hall was a Correctional Officer from 2006-2009.  He also served our country as a Security Forces member in the Alaska Air National Guard from 2000-2012. Officer Hall is a K-9 handler and has been with his trusted partner, “Stryker” since 2013. Officer Hall and Stryker make a great team and consistently train in drug detection, tracking of suspects, building searches, warrant services, and public/educational demonstrations. Hall is called in his off duty time throughout the year by FPD and other surrounding law enforcement agencies to assist due to his K-9 experience.  He also makes appearances at local events throughout the year such as Mush for Kids, Youth Day, and the Midnight Sun Street Fair. Since 2010, he has acted as the Interior point of contact for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. This has entailed working with the State of Alaska Special Olympics on coordinating the run and law enforcement volunteers, which has raised an average of $8,000 a year.  Robert spent 2014 as the assistant coach for Special Olympics track and was the head coach in 2015 before passing the torch. He has also helped put on the Law Enforcement Torch Run “Tip a Cop” dinner. 

Officer Robert Hall

City of Fairbanks Police Department


Robert Hall has been a Fairbanks Police Officer since 2009. Prior to coming to work for the City of Fairbanks, Officer Hall was a Correctional Officer from 2006-2009.  He also served our country as a Security Forces member in the Alaska Air National Guard from 2000-2012. Officer Hall is a K-9 handler and has been with his trusted partner, “Stryker” since 2013. Officer Hall and Stryker make a great team and consistently train in drug detection, tracking of suspects, building searches, warrant services, and public/educational demonstrations. Hall is called in his off duty time throughout the year by FPD and other surrounding law enforcement agencies to assist due to his K-9 experience.  He also makes appearances at local events throughout the year such as Mush for Kids, Youth Day, and the Midnight Sun Street Fair. Since 2010, he has acted as the Interior point of contact for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. This has entailed working with the State of Alaska Special Olympics on coordinating the run and law enforcement volunteers, which has raised an average of $8,000 a year.  Robert spent 2014 as the assistant coach for Special Olympics track and was the head coach in 2015 before passing the torch. He has also helped put on the Law Enforcement Torch Run “Tip a Cop” dinner. 

Captain Ron Wall Peer Recognition Award  Alaska State Troopers   Captain Ron Wall has been recognized by his peers for the outstanding work he has put into our community. Captain Wall started the Rescue Task Force concept that is set up to deal with an active shooter in the borough. With his leadership he was able to bring both Police and EMS together to deal with this type of emergency, which is not an easy thing to do. By building this task force he has made our community a safer place for everyone. Captain Wall has been captain in his detachment for just over a year now, but has worked with the Troopers for years prior. Wall is an executive board member for the North Star Youth Court, part of the Peace Officers Association, and is a member of the UAF Alumni Association. He has started numerous programs to help move the community in the right direction (including Project Life Saver, Impact Teen Driving, and Mass Casualty and Response Program). He says that, “you either move forward in this world, or you move backwards.” One thing he loves about his work is that you can meet people under tragic and horrific circumstances and still have the ability to be a positive influence on that individual’s life.  

Captain Ron Wall

Peer Recognition Award  Alaska State Troopers

 
Captain Ron Wall has been recognized by his peers for the outstanding work he has put into our community. Captain Wall started the Rescue Task Force concept that is set up to deal with an active shooter in the borough. With his leadership he was able to bring both Police and EMS together to deal with this type of emergency, which is not an easy thing to do. By building this task force he has made our community a safer place for everyone. Captain Wall has been captain in his detachment for just over a year now, but has worked with the Troopers for years prior. Wall is an executive board member for the North Star Youth Court, part of the Peace Officers Association, and is a member of the UAF Alumni Association. He has started numerous programs to help move the community in the right direction (including Project Life Saver, Impact Teen Driving, and Mass Casualty and Response Program). He says that, “you either move forward in this world, or you move backwards.” One thing he loves about his work is that you can meet people under tragic and horrific circumstances and still have the ability to be a positive influence on that individual’s life.
 

Staff Sergeant Sabrina Nicholson  Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM As a crew chief, SSgt Nicholson responded to 32 aircraft, structural, and medical emergencies providing professional and expedient quality emergency services. She is a devoted firefighter as well as supervisor and mentor.  SSgt Nicholson volunteered as a resiliency instructor, and combines resiliency skills with daily training enabling 29 members to identify and fight stress. Additionally, she is involved in multiple Air Force committees, Eielson Fire Fighter Association and with the local community. Currently she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters where she has developed a 10-hour workshop for arts and crafts and also mentors a young Athabascan girl. 

Staff Sergeant Sabrina Nicholson

 Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEM


As a crew chief, SSgt Nicholson responded to 32 aircraft, structural, and medical emergencies providing professional and expedient quality emergency services. She is a devoted firefighter as well as supervisor and mentor.  SSgt Nicholson volunteered as a resiliency instructor, and combines resiliency skills with daily training enabling 29 members to identify and fight stress. Additionally, she is involved in multiple Air Force committees, Eielson Fire Fighter Association and with the local community. Currently she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters where she has developed a 10-hour workshop for arts and crafts and also mentors a young Athabascan girl. 

Shane Powers Outstanding EMS Award  Fairbanks Fire Department Shane Powers has been with the City of Fairbanks Fire Department for over 10 years. He has also been a wildland firefighter in the medic program for 15 years. He was born and raised in Fairbanks, where he graduated from West Valley in 1998. Prior to serving with the Fairbanks Fire Department, he was a paramedic in Billings, Montana for 3 years. He even did a stint in Antarctica before returning to Fairbanks. One of the things Shane likes most about his job is the problem solving challenges.  He figured that it his problem solving talents would be best used to help people, so he decided to become a firefighter shortly after graduating high school. He has a consistent drive to help the community, and was previously named State Firefighter of the Year in 2014.  

Shane Powers Outstanding EMS Award

 Fairbanks Fire Department


Shane Powers has been with the City of Fairbanks Fire Department for over 10 years. He has also been a wildland firefighter in the medic program for 15 years. He was born and raised in Fairbanks, where he graduated from West Valley in 1998. Prior to serving with the Fairbanks Fire Department, he was a paramedic in Billings, Montana for 3 years. He even did a stint in Antarctica before returning to Fairbanks. One of the things Shane likes most about his job is the problem solving challenges.  He figured that it his problem solving talents would be best used to help people, so he decided to become a firefighter shortly after graduating high school. He has a consistent drive to help the community, and was previously named State Firefighter of the Year in 2014.  

Captain Travis Stewart Youth Support Award  Fort Wainwright Fire Department Travis Stewart began his career in the Air Force. He worked at Wichita campus, left and moved to EAFB, then to Altus (OK). He totaled 8 years of service in the Air Force before leaving to become a DOD civilian where he worked at Fort Greely, and moved to Fort Wainwright in 2002, where he has been a firefighter ever since. Right now he serves as a captain, but strives to retire as an assistant fire chief for Fort Wainwright. Aside from his work, Captain Stewart is heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as an assistant Scout leader. He ran the Eagle board for 2 years where he worked as a leader for the Eagle Scouts and their projects. He currently works with Troop 42 in North Pole, where he takes the troops on hikes, campouts, and does some assistant teaching. Stewart lives in North Pole now, but he grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He graduated from high school in Texas, and joined the military in 1995. He moved to Alaska in 1999 and has been here for most of his years since. He likes fishing, snowmachining, and scouting with his Boy Scouts, but his biggest joy in life comes from helping people in their time of need, and being able to teach the people that work for him. He strives to build a better community of people through teaching and helping those in need.

Captain Travis Stewart Youth Support Award

 Fort Wainwright Fire Department


Travis Stewart began his career in the Air Force. He worked at Wichita campus, left and moved to EAFB, then to Altus (OK). He totaled 8 years of service in the Air Force before leaving to become a DOD civilian where he worked at Fort Greely, and moved to Fort Wainwright in 2002, where he has been a firefighter ever since. Right now he serves as a captain, but strives to retire as an assistant fire chief for Fort Wainwright. Aside from his work, Captain Stewart is heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as an assistant Scout leader. He ran the Eagle board for 2 years where he worked as a leader for the Eagle Scouts and their projects. He currently works with Troop 42 in North Pole, where he takes the troops on hikes, campouts, and does some assistant teaching. Stewart lives in North Pole now, but he grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He graduated from high school in Texas, and joined the military in 1995. He moved to Alaska in 1999 and has been here for most of his years since. He likes fishing, snowmachining, and scouting with his Boy Scouts, but his biggest joy in life comes from helping people in their time of need, and being able to teach the people that work for him. He strives to build a better community of people through teaching and helping those in need.

Technical Sergeant Tyler Brown  Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEX TSgt Brown worked with City of Fairbanks Fire, Police, Hazmat, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, UAF, and the Alaska Civil Support team to plan and execute a 24hr joint exercise involving responses to terrorist WMD labs. He was elected to the board for the Alaska Preparedness Council, serving as the Government Agency Representative.  As part of this role, he coordinated 35 vendors during the 2015 Fairbanks Preparedness Expo held at the Carlson Center. TSgt Brown is also Eielson AFB's liaison to the Fairbanks Local Emergency Planning Committee, ensuring effective continuity and great relationships between entities prior to working together in disaster situations. He coordinated 3 Storm Spotter classes taught by the National Weather Service. These classes certified over 30 Storm Spotters and enabled both Eielson AFB and the Fairbanks North Star Borough to receive their "Storm Ready" Certification from the National Weather Service. Additionally, he bolstered his skillset and fostered joint relations while attending FEMA courses offered by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Office of Emergency Management on Community Mass Care Management and Post Disaster Debris Management. Additionally, TSgt Brown gives back to the community by coaching youth soccer in his off duty time. 

Technical Sergeant Tyler Brown

 Eielson Air Force Base 354th CES/CEX


TSgt Brown worked with City of Fairbanks Fire, Police, Hazmat, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, UAF, and the Alaska Civil Support team to plan and execute a 24hr joint exercise involving responses to terrorist WMD labs. He was elected to the board for the Alaska Preparedness Council, serving as the Government Agency Representative.  As part of this role, he coordinated 35 vendors during the 2015 Fairbanks Preparedness Expo held at the Carlson Center. TSgt Brown is also Eielson AFB's liaison to the Fairbanks Local Emergency Planning Committee, ensuring effective continuity and great relationships between entities prior to working together in disaster situations. He coordinated 3 Storm Spotter classes taught by the National Weather Service. These classes certified over 30 Storm Spotters and enabled both Eielson AFB and the Fairbanks North Star Borough to receive their "Storm Ready" Certification from the National Weather Service. Additionally, he bolstered his skillset and fostered joint relations while attending FEMA courses offered by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Office of Emergency Management on Community Mass Care Management and Post Disaster Debris Management. Additionally, TSgt Brown gives back to the community by coaching youth soccer in his off duty time. 

Sergeant Gary Yamamoto Community Outreach Award  Fairbanks Police Department Gary Yamamoto is an exemplary police officer recognized by community members for treating homeless people with dignity and respect. On a day in December, a community member had to call the police because they were faced with a distraught individual who reported that she was suicidal. Sgt. Yamamoto came and was kind and calm in addressing the woman, even though she was quite hysterical. He had a lot of patience and exhibited great skill in de-escalating the situation while gently explaining that he had to do a patdown and other normal police procedures. He was not only very professional, but also kind. When the individual ran off towards an unsafe area, Sgt. Yamamoto was able to quickly apprehend her and remove her from the scene. This may have been an ordinary task to him, but the compassion with which he treated this homeless woman was just one example of his professionalism. Fairbanks residents can feel at ease knowing that Gary is a part of this community as a police officer. 

Sergeant Gary Yamamoto Community Outreach Award

 Fairbanks Police Department


Gary Yamamoto is an exemplary police officer recognized by community members for treating homeless people with dignity and respect. On a day in December, a community member had to call the police because they were faced with a distraught individual who reported that she was suicidal. Sgt. Yamamoto came and was kind and calm in addressing the woman, even though she was quite hysterical. He had a lot of patience and exhibited great skill in de-escalating the situation while gently explaining that he had to do a patdown and other normal police procedures. He was not only very professional, but also kind. When the individual ran off towards an unsafe area, Sgt. Yamamoto was able to quickly apprehend her and remove her from the scene. This may have been an ordinary task to him, but the compassion with which he treated this homeless woman was just one example of his professionalism. Fairbanks residents can feel at ease knowing that Gary is a part of this community as a police officer. 

 
 

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has a strong commitment to recruiting and training entry-level Emergency Responders and Fire Fighters .Hutchison High School currently has 40 students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician(EMT),Emergency Truama Technician(ETT), and Intro into Fire Services courses.The Firefighter students dress out in full Fire Hawk gear and train with the University Fire Department in ice water rescues,the jaws of life,and do ride-alongs as well. The district is grateful to these fire and EMS officials who haved devoted a significant amount of time and resources to these programs and served in a hands on advisory capacity for years.