No, the Eagle River resident didn’t attend the best New Year’s party of her life or celebrate a special anniversary. That was the day Gray received perhaps the most frightening news an expectant mother can get: doctors had detected a defect — heart disease — in her unborn baby.
Gray said she and her husband, David, were stunned.
“We were in a shocked state of mind,” Gray said. “You’re numb.”
Doctors performed open-heart surgery just 10 days after her baby boy was born. Today, young Qunilan is a normal 2-year-old.
For the past 59 years, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community. Today, the department has roughly 80 members — all state certified emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters — and just two paid staff positions, according to spokesman Jeff Hartley, who’s been with CVFD since 1984.
Its fleet contains four tanker trucks, five pumpers, two heavy rescue trucks, three ambulances, four brush trucks and other miscellaneous vehicles such as snowmachines and command vehicles, Hartley said.
Everyone knows having good plan is essential to a successful visit to the Alaska State Fair.
“You should always eat your dessert first,” said Anchorage’s Karen Eckman, a Chugiak native who started last Sunday, Aug. 28, sharing a Denali Cream Puff with her husband, Eric, and their 18-month-old daughter, Amelia.
Kick-starting a day at the fair with one of the oversized cream-filled pastries seems to be a trend this season. Eagle River’s Ashley Bennett, who sold the Eckman’s their treat, said she also starts every morning she works the booth with a cream puff.