Alaska Stories

Paul Comolli, Juneau

(Nominated by Sandra Eckerson)
Centennial Hall Convention Center
August 15, 2011

Paul.  He is strong, compassionate, and can always be counted on to act. He was a first responder when 2 police officers were killed in Hoonah last August. He held one     officer in his arms trying to staunch the bleeding while still in the line of gunfire. Governor Sean Parnell presented him with the Hoonah EMS-Fire Heroism Award with Gold Laurel for Valor and the Hoonah 8-28 Award.  Paul also traveled to New York’s ground zero as part of a 5 member Critical Incident Stress Management Team debriefing and counseling the men and women working on the front lines. In Juneau he has received many awards and medals, one being the Outstanding Service Medal for saving a man from jumping to his death off the Juneau-Douglas bridge one night. He also received an award for bravery for dragging a man out of a burning apartment and saving him from dying of smoke inhalation. After years as a patrolman, Paul devoted his time to working against drug abuse and advocating school safety. Paul currently lives in Hoonah and works as a charter boat captain.