Aniak fire chief, 64, dies from cancer

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Aniak fire chief Pete Brown has died from cancer.

Brown, who was 64, saved lives up and down the Kuskokwim River and trained two decades of village teenagers to do the same.

He started the Dragon Slayers, a volunteer fire-rescue squad dominated by high school girls.

The group was featured in People magazine and on "Oprah."

Brown died Tuesday, just days after longtime friends held a farewell party for the chief who knew he didn't have much time left.

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