Second Assistant Chief Named 2019 Outstanding Member of the Year
Mon. Jun 3rd 2019

During its annual meeting on June 3, Sandy Hook VFR members learned that Andrew Ryan had been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Member of the Year.

Currently serving as the company’s Second Assistant Chief, Mr Ryan has been a member of SHVFR since January 2011. He began showing a serious interest in the fire company during his probationary period that year, according to information read by Chuck Kilson during the meeting.

Mr Kilson was joined by fellow Outstanding Member Committee member Steven Stohl for the announcement; Ken Carlson, the third member of the committee, was unable to attend the meeting.

“After probation the member has become a very successful firefighter, showing to the membership what it takes to be above and beyond a typical member,” Mr Kilson said. “In doing so, all levels of training have been completed so his advancement in the company can be accomplished, and without question what he has learned can be of benefit to the company.”

Mr Ryan has moved up the ranks, serving as Engineer, Lieutenant and his current position, which he has held since July 2018.

In addition, he is a former advisor for the company’s Junior Corps and is currently a member of SHVFR’s Christmas Tree Sales Committee. 

The most demanding job he has is the NFIS Fire Reporting System, which he took over in September 2018. This job requires constant data entry for company record-keeping following every incident the company responds to.

“This member has shown what it takes to handle responsibility, and to give that extra to help out,” Mr Kilson said. “To be an Outstanding Member, others should recognize that by the person being nominated.”

Upon the announcement of his name, Mr Ryan was given a standing ovation by the 40-plus fellow members in the meeting room.

The annual award recognizes significant contributions, achievements and long-term dedication of an individual. Performance of duties, motivation, teamwork, and leadership go into determining the award recipient.

The names of nominees are submitted to a committee by peers. Each year’s winner is presented with a plaque, and also has their name added to a plaque at the SHVFR main station.

SHVFR has been naming an Outstanding Member of the Year since 1998.

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