Mike Riley, Bethel Search and Rescue president, has won the 2016 American Red Cross Real Hero Award.
Bethel Mayor Rick Robb assisted in giving the honor to Riley this Saturday at BSAR headquarters after a brief speech in which the Mayor praised the search and rescue team as a whole.
During Riley’s 26-year career at BSAR, he has directly searched and saved the lives of dozens of people across the YK Delta, and for the last ten years, he’s saved them indirectly by organizing and fundraising.
Though the Red Cross considers Riley a hero, he says that he doesn’t consider himself one.
“I don’t like to say the word ‘I’ within this organization. It’s a ‘we’ organization. It’s kinda hard to emphasize myself, because we work so well as a group together,” Riley said.
Riley says that he has no immediate plans for retirement and will continue serving the region for many years to come.