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( Wasilla, Alaska ) - With firefighters still minutes away, two Alaska State Troopers entered a burning house on July 13 and saved the life of a man who was passed out in a smoke filled room. After several tries to make it up the stairs, first using masks and even a wet rag in an unsuccessful attempt to protect themselves against the thick, toxic fumes, Troopers Lee Phillips and Matt Kessler formulated a plan that got the man safely out of the house while Trooper Recruit Nick Murphy monitored radio traffic outside. Minutes after the troopers guided him out of the house, medics and firefighters arrived and started treating the rescued man for smoke inhalation. This story would have had a tragic ending if it weren’t for the actions of Phillips and Kessler. Read Full Story

Eight years ago, a visitor in the Ketchikan area pressed his “help” button on his personal beacon after breaking his leg at a lakeside cabin. The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad flew to the GPS coordinates that accompanied the beacon activation, saving both the injured man and searchers valuable time in getting him needed care. This compelled KVRS to start a free beacon loaner program aimed at cutting down response time for rescues. This loaner program, one of the few in the state, is beneficial for both the adventurer, who could be in a precarious life or death situation, and rescuer, by cutting down the time volunteers are exposed to elements and terrain during a search and rescue. It also greatly reduces the cost of a search for the volunteer organization that relies on donations to pay for rescues that it provides free of charge. Read Full Story