Darren Doyle, story:
Chris Alford, formerly from Edmonson County, has won the National Park Service Traffic Safety Coalition EMS Provider of the Year.
Alford currently serves as a Park Ranger and EMT at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia. He was awarded the honor by making a positive impact by saving lives, specifically in the area of highway safety.
Some remember Ranger Alford as a former member of the ECHS band, an Eagle Scout, and the designer of the Edmonson County flag. He is the son of Janice Alford and the late Floyd Alford, and grew up on Chaumont Road in the Pig Community.
He also serves as Chief of Visitor Services and Information Technology and the National Capital Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. Not only does he serve as a first responder in the park, he's also an instructor that has created multiple programs and learning opportunities for the public.
Chris graduated Edmonson County High School in 1990, served three years in the U.S. Army, and went on to work for the park service.
He and his wife Crissy, live in Woodbridge, Virginia, which is near Washington, D.C. He is also the son-in-law of Bruce and Cindy Vincent of the Lincoln community.