BSAR hands out awards at annual fiddle dance

by Angela Denning-Barnes on November 26, 2012

News Director, Angela Denning-Barnes, holds KYUK's award plack from BSAR. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Bethel Search and Rescue held its annual fiddle dance fundraiser over the weekend. People packed the Bethel Regional High School gym Friday and Saturday nights for the event that supports the all-volunteer group.

Friday night, former BSAR President, Peter Atchak, was recognized for his long service to Bethel and the Y-K Delta villages.

Over the years, Atchak has helped turn Bethel Search and Rescue into an organized and well-equipped SAR team that now boasts 100 members.

Jake Johnson Sr. of Emmonak was honored as “Elder of the Year”, for his near life-long work in search and rescue. Johnson was the first policeman of Emmonak and his job included searching for people who didn’t make it back home as expected from hunting, logging or checking fishnets or traps, according to BSAR.

Other awards were handed out the Saturday night. BSAR newcomer, Alvin Brown, was named “Rookie BSAR of the Year”.

Douglas Lee was named “Outstanding BSAR Member of the Year” for the time he dedicated to search and rescue efforts this past year.

KYUK was also recognized as the “2012 Business of the Year” for being a supporter of the volunteer group.

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