Having served over thirty years in fire departments across three states, Gary R. Ryman brings a unique perspective to the firefighting experience. The son and father of firefighters, Ryman ignites the fire, smoke, blood and fear spanning three generations of the "family business." He recounts his early days in upstate New York learning from his father, the department fire chief. He describes the blazes he battled with a career and volunteer crew in the crowded suburbs of Washington, D.C. He examines the mentoring relationship established with his son as they respond to the calls of a volunteer department in rural Pennsylvania. Overall, Ryman shares both the personal and professional turning points that define a firefighting career.
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About the Author
Gary Ryman is the author of Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family. Beginning his firefighting career in a quiet area of upstate New York, he was a college live-in firefighter in a station in Montgomery County, MD while attending the University of Maryland and then moved to the rural hills of northeastern Pennsylvania.
He is the past Chief of the Scott Fire Company in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. Ryman has over thirty years in the fire service as a volunteer and has held positions from Firefighter to Chief and had the incredible opportunity to fight fire with both his father and his son, making him the middle of the Oreo. He has a Bachelors degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in American History from American Public University. He is employed as a fire protection engineer and is at work on two additional books.