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Everyday heroes: Uniformed community members do much more than just protect the public

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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:35 am | Updated: 1:22 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hundreds of them public safety personnel. Thousands of U.S. military members died in the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The individuals who serve our community and nation are tasked with the responsibility of running into danger to help and protect us.

We know them through their uniforms. It’s how we recognize them.

The photographs you see here intentionally depict uniformed individuals in settings where they usually are not recognized as the professionals they are.

On duty these people — law enforcement officers, firefighters, medics, those in the military — respond to emergencies both large and small, keep the streets safe and defend our nation. They are a vital part of the community.

Off duty they make us laugh and smile as our friends, family and neighbors.

These photographs serve as a reminder that these men and women are everywhere.

John Wagner is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has been a News-Miner staff photographer for more than four years. He is also a volunteer firefighter at Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department.

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