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SALVADOR ALVARADO

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

An Unalaska fire captain has been recognized as Alaska’s emergency medical responder of the year.

Medic Salvador Alvarado won the award for a bold rescue last winter, beating out more than 40 EMS providers across the state.

The call came in at 12:45 p.m.: Ammonia was leaking inside an industrial freezer at the Kloosterboer cold storage facility.

Captain Salvador Alvarado rushed to the scene, where he learned that a worker was trapped inside with the toxic chemical.