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Story last updated at 9:54 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Anchor Point honors emergency responders

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer


Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

Darwin Haught, left, presents Bob Craig with a fireman's hard hat made by Moose Run Metalsmiths. The gift, from the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area responders, commemorated the years Craig served as administrator before retiring earlier this year.

It was more than the delicious prime rib dinner that drew a crowd of about 70 people to the Anchor Point Senior Center on Saturday.

The focus of the evening's gathering was honoring members of Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Inc., the individuals who provide service for the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area.

Singled out for special recognition was volunteer Richard D. Picard and APFEMSA board member Dan Dorvall. After years of service, both Picard and Dorvall have announced their intent to resign.

Also honored was the late Jerry Bernhardt of Nikolaevsk, who died in October 2010.

"This special person is no longer with us. I'm at a loss for words. He was a great man," said Dorvall, who presented a plaque dedicating the kitchen of the Nikolaevsk firehall in Bernhardt's honor to Bernhardt's wife, Lena.

Cassie Parkinson received the EMS Person of the Year Award, Jim Dress was named the Fire Person of the Year and Sandy Dress was honored as the Support Person of the Year.

The APVFD Memorial Award went to Robin Proctor, in honor of her 25 years of service and the many roles she has served in that time. Proctor is chairwoman of the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue and an APFEMSA board member.

Noted repeatedly throughout the evening, the event "was all about Bob." Bob Craig, that is. In January, Craig announced his retirement as administrator of the service area. Originally from Colorado, Craig and his family settled on the Kenai Peninsula in 1971. In 1978, he helped lay the foundation for the Anchor Point volunteer firefighters. Craig is a certified EMT III and Firefighter II. He also teaches firefighting courses. Since 2004, Craig has held the full-time administrator position, as well as continuing to volunteer and teach.

In honor of his service, Craig was presented with a firefighter's hard hat made especially for the occasion by Moose Run Metalsmiths of Homer.