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Emergency Medical Service Awards

Longenbaugh Memorial Award

Dr. George Longenbaugh was a pioneer in Alaska EMS. This award honors a physician who exemplifies leadership and dedication to EMS systems and, through his or her efforts, has significantly promoted the Alaska EMS system.


  • Leslie Wood, M.D., Sitka — In recognition of her tireless advocacy for the EMS community and all first responders.


  • Regina Chennault, MD, Anchorage — In recognition of her leadership, passion and advocacy in improving trauma care for all Alaskans .


  • Dr. Michael Levy — In recognition of 20 years of service as a staunch supporter of pre-hospital and emergency medicine, and his dedication to public service ethics and the people of Alaska.


  • Karen O’Neill, M.D. of Nome — in recognition of 33 years of leadership and dedicated service to the Norton Sound Region and to the people of the State of Alaska.


  • Jennifer Dow, M.D., of Girdwood, for her tireless efforts in enhancing outdoor emergency medicine in Alaska.


  • Dr. William Anthes - Ketchikan, in recognition of his 23 years of support to the Ketchikan Fire Department as Physician Medical Director.


  • Barbara Jean Coopes, MD - Anchorage, in recognition of her leadership of Pediatric Transport team of LifeGuard Alaska, her excellent clinical skills, and her dedication to EMS and rural health care providers.


  • Mike Levy, MD - Anchorage, for his 15 years of leadership and advocacy of the EMS system in Alaska.


  • Ken Brown, MD - Juneau, in recognition of his involvement, leadership, and dedication to EMS in Southeast Alaska as medical director for Capital City Fire/Rescue as well as to the State as a member of the Alaska Council on EMS.


  • Don Hudson, DO - Anchorage, in recognition of his service to Unalaska EMS and the local clinic for more than 10 years, & for his dedication, leadership & friendship to the providers.


  • William Bell, MD - Homer, in recognition of 18 years of service as a medical director.


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  • Frank Sacco, MD, Alaska Native Medical Center – Anchorage, in recognition of his commitment to, promotion of, and outstanding leadership in the Alaska Trauma Care System.


  • William L. Cooper, MD - Kasilof, in recognition of his outstanding quality of medical direction and increasing number of services he directs.


  • Ernest Meloche, MD – Ketchikan, for years of service in Southeast Alaska and Alaska Marine Highway System.


  • Leanne Converse, MD - Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue – Fairbanks, in recognition of years of commitment/leadership in Interior Region.


  • Leo K. Morresey, MD - TransAlaska Pipeline – Anchorage, for years of commitment to Alaska's EMS system.


  • , for years of commitment to and leadership in emergency medical services in the Yukon Kuskokwim Region.


  • Thomas H. Wood, MD – Petersburg, for encouraging and providing EMS to Petersburg and SE Alaska, through his practice, physician sponsorship, and as EMS Medical Director for SE Region EMS Council.


  • John Hall, MD, FACEP - Anchorage


  • Michael Copass, MD – Seattle, for his medevac work in Southeast Alaska, Harborview and Airlift Northwest in Seattle & training for all of Alaska.


  • William Bell, MD – Homer, for his services as physician sponsor for Homer Volunteer Fire Department.


  • George McAnelly, MD - Anchor Point, for his services as physician sponsor for Anchor Point Vol. Fire & Rescue.


  • Harriett Jackson Schirmer, MD – Wrangell, for serving as EMS physician sponsor of Wrangell Vol. Fire Dept.


  • David Templin, MD – Anchorage, for his long-time service as Alaska Native Medical Center/IHS EMS Coordinator for Alaska, surgeon & statewide work to improve EMS systems.


  • William Wennen, MD – Fairbanks, long-time ACEMS member & ACEMS Chair, physician sponsor of University of Alaska Fairbanks Fire Dept., & for his workshops & lectures on burns & other EMS topics throughout the state.