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Christian Hartley

Christian Hartley is fire chief for the city of Houston, Alaska. He is a second-generation responder who has worked in EMS, corrections, and the fire service since 1999.

Christian Hartley
Snow was falling lightly from the early-morning sky when the tones went off. A moose had reportedly attacked a man, and he was complaining of pain everywhere. Hips, back, legs—you name it, it hurt.…
Boom goes the dynamite, but hiss goes the ambulance. And, no, it isn’t because of the caduceus on the side of the box. The new year is four hours away, in this case 2009, and I am spending my New…
It was a beautiful sunshiny day, the second of July, and we were getting ready for a busy Independence Day. No fire department ever looks forward to the inevitable fires and domestic situations that…
Snoopy was right: Every story worth telling should begin on a dark and stormy night. My dark and stormy night was when I left home to move to Grand Canyon, Ariz., to pursue a new career in public…
My dog died. You should care about that. Her name was Gertie. She was a partner as I traveled this world, always with me when she could be and dutifully guarding the castle when I was away. When I…
On December 5, 2005, former Willow, Alaska, EMS chief and overall great public servant Laurie “Scooter” McCutcheon passed away tragically and too soon, trapped by an early-morning blaze in her home.…
My father died helping someone else, his wife at his side.  A medical alarm sounded for a call across the street from their house. Like they’d done many times before, they offered to first-…
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