Celebrating Heroes Among Us: National First Responders Day

Oct 25, 2023, 14:07 PM by Nuvision 

First responders occupy a unique space in our society, representing the front lines of emergency response and public safety. Whether they are firefighters, police officers, paramedics, or dispatchers, these people embody a rare blend of bravery and self-sacrifice. They are the ones who run toward danger when everyone else is running away. As we celebrate National First Responders Day on October 28, 2023, we're proud to share the stories of four incredible heroes in our Nuvision Heroes Series.

Kristine Whitford—A Heart for Service and Community in Alaska

Nuvision Heroes October First Responder: Kristine Whitford

Originally born in England to an Air Force family, Kristine Whitford moved around a bit before settling in Alaska. Although she briefly lived in California, Alaska became home. Working as a dispatcher for the Anchorage Fire Department for the last ten years, her journey into this career path was a familial affair—encouraged by her sister, who is also a dispatcher. Before joining the fire department, she worked in retail management but was driven by the desire for a more meaningful career that would allow her more time with her daughter.

Read more about Kristine here


Katelyn Sanders: The Compassionate Firefighter with a Heart for Community

Nuvision Heroes October First Responder: Katelyn Sanders

Katelyn Sanders is an Alaska-based firefighter EMT who embodies the grit, dedication, and altruism that characterize first responders. Having spent only 2 1/2 years in Alaska and in her role as a firefighter, Katelyn brings an eclectic background to her work, including a degree in early childhood education and experience in child and family services.

Read more about Katelyn here


Captain Derek Peters—Guardian of the Shoreline

Nuvision Heroes October First Responder: Derek Peters

Captain Derek Peters is not the stereotypical lifeguard that you might have seen on TV shows like "Baywatch." Born into an "ocean-centric" family, he developed a passion for the ocean from an early age. He was a competitive surfer throughout high school and continued after graduation. His upbringing instilled in him the values of community, mentorship, and responsibility towards the ocean and its beachgoers.

Read more about Derek here


Engineer Glenn Pavlovsky: The Man Behind the Firefighter of the Year Award for 2023

Nuvision Heroes October First Responder: Glenn PavlovskyIn a profession where courage, resilience, and community service are the hallmarks, Engineer Glenn Pavlovsky stands out as a paragon. He has been named Firefighter of the Year for 2023, an honor that shines a spotlight not only on his dedication but also on his love for the community. This prestigious accolade is not just a feather in his cap; it speaks volumes about the kind of firefighter and person he is.

Read more about Glenn here


A Salute to our First Responders

As we get set to honor these extraordinary individuals, it is clear that the term "first responder" encompasses so much more than just a job title. It signifies a commitment to community, a readiness for action, and a depth of human compassion that transcends the challenges and dangers inherent in the work. The individuals profiled in our Nuvision Heroes Series—Kristine Whitford, Katelyn Sanders, Captain Derek Peters, and Engineer Glenn Pavlovsky—serve as a shining examples of the spirit of selflessness and bravery that defines first responders everywhere.

On this National First Responders Day, let us thank these remarkable individuals and all first responders for their tireless dedication, service, and sacrifices.

Thank you, first responders, for being the everyday heroes among us.