Police want to honor plane-crash rescuers

Matt Breiler receives an award from Gov. Sean Parnell as one of 50 heroes honored for their efforts to rescue victims from a June 1 plane crash in Fairview at a ceremony Thursday evening at Central Middle School. Parnell, Mayor Dan Sullivan and Chief of Police Mark Mew presented awards to the civilians, military personnel and police officers who responded to the crash in time to save four of the five occupants of the plane.
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Anchorage Police and bystanders attempt to free victims trapped inside a Cessna 206 which crashed at the corner of 7th Avenue and Ingra Street in Anchorage on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and citizens respond to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Anchorage Police and citizens respond to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters respond to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and bystanders attempt to free victims trapped inside a Cessna 206 which crashed at the corner of 7th Avenue and Ingra Street in Anchorage on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
Photo courtesy Adan Hernandez
Anchorage Police and bystanders attempt to free victims trapped inside a Cessna 206 which crashed at the corner of 7th Avenue and Ingra Street in Anchorage on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
Photo courtesy Adan Hernandez
Anchorage Police and Firefighters respond to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters responded to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters responded to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage firefighters finish putting out the blaze at the scene of a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Michael Chester of Denver was working on a bicycle in his room when he felt the plane bounce off the roof of Ingra House before it crashed across the street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street. "I heard a smack and I heard the tin. I looked out the window and I kinda seen it hit and bounce right up into that building." Chester, an ironworker, only arrived Sunday night to look for work in Alaska. He was busy an hour after the crash calling friends to tell them what just happened. "I've been in Alaska not even two days yet!"
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Anchorage firefighters finish putting out the blaze at the scene of a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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A survivor of a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street is rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters responded to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters respond to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters responded to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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An Anchorage firefighter takes a survivor of a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street to a waiting ambulance on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage Police and Firefighters responded to a plane crash at 7th Avenue and Ingra Street on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
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Anchorage police are looking for the bystanders who helped pull to safety the victims of the plane that crashed in Fairview last week. "These Good Samaritans risked their own lives and saved the lives of four occupants of the downed plane," Lt. Dave Parker said.

The Cessna 206 crashed shortly after takeoff from Merrill Field on June 1. It smashed into an empty building on nearby Ingra Street. Bystanders hurried to the scene before paramedics and rescuers could arrive. They lifted the wing of the burning plane to pull out the occupants.

One child, 4-year-old Myles Cavner, died. His parents, Preston Cavner, 34, and Stacie Cavner, 32, along with another son, Hudson Cavner, 2, were critically injured. Another woman on board, 16-year-old Rachel Zientek, was also seriously injured.

Anyone with information that can help police identify the rescuers is asked to contact Lt. Garry Gilliam at 786-8647.

"We want to honor their courage and willingness to intervene and save lives," Parker said. "They risked their lives getting that close to an exploding airplane."

Photos: Plane crash at Seventh and Ingra
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