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Goose Creek CO’s Receive Governor’s Denali Peak Award

On the morning of January 1, 2016, Goose Creek Correctional Officers reporting for duty were the first to respond to a horrific two vehicle head on collision on Knik Goose Bay Road.

Correctional Officer Travis Boyd was the first responder. Correctional Officer Trevor Hull and Correctional Officer Kristina Lee were the second responders, and Correctional Officer Sergeant Mark Sehl third.

The northbound vehicle, now known to be traveling at 70+ mph, had one male driver and two female passengers. Both
women were ejected from the vehicle through the windshield and were on the hood of the northbound vehicle when the
Officers arrived. The driver was out of the vehicle and on foot. The southbound vehicle had only one male driver. He was
unresponsive and seriously injured. The doors to his vehicle were jammed shut from the impact and the car was smoking.
Faced with this emergency, and without regard for his personal safety, Correctional Officer Boyd used his elbow to break out
the entire window. Correctional Officer Hull had EMT training, and together, the three of them rendered aid to the single male
driver and to the two women in the northbound vehicle. Both women had so much blood on their heads and upper torsos that
their skin color was not visible. One woman was unconscious but breathing.

Correctional Officers Boyd, Hull and Lee assessed the injuries and rendered aid. Because the wreck blocked both lanes and
the entire road was covered with vehicles and debris, Correctional Officer Lee was quick to dispatch flares and secure the
scene for traffic.

One Alaska State Trooper responded, but was without backup for at least 35 minutes. Sergeant Sehl took charge of the male
driver from the northbound vehicle who admitted to having drunk too much and that he should not have been driving. His
behavior was panicked and, at times, aggressive, and Sergeant Sehl had to go hands on and physically restrain him from
trying to escape the scene.

Three ambulances arrived at approximately 6:30 am. The two women were loaded first due to their serious injuries. The single
mate driver was not stable enough for transport and the EMS crew worked on him with the automatic chest compression
machine for about twenty minutes while manually bagging respirations. His injuries were so severe that when the machine
compressed his chest, blood flowed freely from his eye sockets.

At no time did any of these Correctional Officers show any hesitation, panic, or any behavior that might detract from their
ability to render aid. Officer Boyd had blood flowing from his elbow and sustained injuries from breaking out the widow to
rescue the southbound driver. They acted in a manner consistent with the top professionals that they are.
Correctional Officers Boyd, Hull, Lee, and Sergeant Sehl are heroes. Their valiant lifesaving efforts and extreme heroism in
this life and death emergency deserve to be recognized for the Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award Crisis Responders Honorable Mention.