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Heros of the Day
By Dave Hull


January 31, 2013
Thursday AM

Early Monday evening there was a car wreck near the north end of D-1 loop road. The roads were treacherous and someone ended up over an embankment and was trapped in their car. While emergency crews were attempting to get the driver out, two more accidents occurred in the same general area including a large truck that managed to take the bank on the opposite side of the road and stayed away from the crews working on the wrecked car.

DOT was called but was still several miles away. At that moment, Bill Kacenas rose to the occasion and in a couple of passes made the roadway passable until DOT could arrive and complete the sanding process.

I want to thank both DOT and Bill Kacenas for their quick response. Their actions prevented another accident from happening with the possibility of more people being hurt. We all owe them a debt of gratitude. For enhancing the safety of the drivers and the emergency response personnel on scene, please accept my personal and professional appreciation for a job well done.

Dave Hull, Chief
North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
Ketchikan, AK

About: Fire Chief, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Received January 30, 2013 - Published January 31, 2013

Related Public Record - Alaska State Troopers

MVC - Injury and DUI - Ketchikan

Text: On 1/28/2013 at approximately 1645 hours, The Alaska State Troopers and the North Tongass Fire Department arrived at a single vehicle collision on the North Tongass Highway near Collins Road. Investigation revealed the vehicle was driven by a 43-year-old female from Ketchikan. She was driving southbound on the North Tongass Highway when she drove off the road and the vehicle came to rest in the front yard of a residence on Collins Road. The female was extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders and transported to the Ketchikan Medical Center for injuries. Subsequent investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The charge of DUI will be forwarded to the Ketchikan District Attorney's Office for review.



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