A local firefighter received national recognition for his work in the community.
Anchorage firefighter Capt. Jason Dolph became the first Alaskan to receive the American Legion Firefighter of the Year Award.
He received top honors for the western region and came in second nationally.
Legion leaders say Dolph’s commitment to community service sets him apart from his peers.
The captain works to raise awareness about cancer prevention. His latest project is to turn one of the fire trucks pink.
“This campaign with the pink fire engine, it’s really for all cancers,” Dolph said. “But it’s going to help people remember that they need to get wellness checks and live happy, healthy lives so hopefully they’ll never have to call 911.”
Raising awareness about cancer is important to him because his mother died of breast cancer, he says.
Dolph says he’s honored to be recognized for his efforts, but he couldn’t have done it without the support of the Anchorage Fire Department.