2019 Fire Rescue | Hero: Daren Beals | Sponsored by: Anchorage Fire Fighters Union, Local 1264
Daren Beals, a trained volunteer firefighter and EMS captain who works for ConocoPhillips on the North Slope, is no stranger to dangerous and life-threatening situations. This is, in fact, the second time that Beals is being honored as a Red Cross of Alaska Real Hero. This time around, in late May 2018, Beals took the scenic route home with his family and along the way, saw smoke billowing up from a home along the Old Glenn Highway. He knew that something was amiss, and he ran up to the front door, banging loudly to check on the residents. After no answer, Beals went into the home and found the family of six in a back room of the house, enjoying a family movie night, unaware that a fire continued to grow by the minute. Daren was able to get the family out safely, while his girlfriend called 911 for assistance.