First responders awarded for dedicated public service, putting lives at risk

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Members of the community were honored over the weekend for their dedicated public service in roles that can put their lives at risk. The 'No One Left behind Banquet' was a night to honor first responders and their families for their service, dedication and pivotal roles they provide to the Fairbanks North Star Borough communities. Sarah Price, with North Pole High Schools JR-ROTC, shared how the students in the program strive to exemplify the same leadership skills of those being recognized.

"So,the award recipients here tonight really embody a lot of the core values behind our JR-ROTC programs. There's integrity, service and excellence, those are through the Air Force, and I'm sure there's a lot through the Army as well, but they really are role models of what we strive to develop ourselves as cadets but also as citizens," Price said.

Senator Dan Sullivan made an appearance to recognize first responders.

"If you're in the profession, where you are actually going out as part of your daily job, knowing you could be risking your life for your fellow citizens, that is a very noble profession. So, for all our first responders, and military represented here, I think we owe them a round of applause as well," Sen. Sullivan said.

Twenty individuals were selected and presented an award for their exceptional service in their fields.

"Our first responders are serving 365 days a year, and that's their job, all the time. And they really put so much effort and devotion into their community, and this is just one night that we are hosting to recognize them, but they really do deserve a lot of the support because it's not easy being a first responder and they don't always get recognized," Price said.

Those awarded are just a few of the many who dedicate their lives to public service.