Firefighter of the Year
2016 Firefighter of the Year – Ryan Elowe
The Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2016 Firefighter of the Year Award. This year we recognize Firefighter/EMT Ryan Elowe with this important honor. The following submission was chosen by Ryan’s peers as the winning nomination:
“Ryan is often sought out by seniors and peers alike for counsel regarding policy, operations, district morale, and interpersonal relation issues. Ryan somehow always has his “finger on the pulse” of the district membership. He is reliable, honest, and caring, while providing thoughtful, heartfelt mentorship and advice regarding a variety of matters ranging from personal life issues with individual members, to “30,000 foot perspectives” regarding labor and management topics. I am always amazed at how often Ryan can bring things into perspective when the world seems to be on fire for individual members.
I believe Ryan is playing an instrumental role in the culture change occurring in the SFMD as we strive to be the premier fire district in the state. Ryan teaches us to love one-another, seek out non-biased facts, problem solve, set aside our ego, and be the best humans we can be (both on and off duty). Ryan sets an example for us to follow. Ryan is experienced, both technically and tactically proficient on the fireground and EMS scene, but it is his words and actions between calls, around the dinner table and off-duty which sets him apart and further defines his character.
Character is intangible and unteachable, but it can be observed, emulated and developed when you have an excellent role-model. Ryan is our role-model, and he is what we need more in our community. We live in a world that demands measurable results, statistics and bottom lines, but I propose that the most important things in life are not measured, but experienced. A Firefighter like Ryan Elowe is more than the sum of his parts.”
A member of the SFMD family for over 15 years, Ryan has developed an outstanding reputation of being a friend, leader, and mentor within the fire district. He continually advocates to increase knowledge and understanding within the organization. Assistant Chief Brett Broman states “We are extremely proud of Ryan and the great example he continues to provide to this organization, he’s definitely an All-Star.”
A Firefighter/EMT, Ryan was recently certified as a Technical Rescue Technician, and is assigned to Station 262. Ryan is a proud member of a newly created Peer Support Team, various committees, and is a certified Blue Card incident commander.
Born and raised in California, Ryan lives in Mesa with his beautiful wife Robbin (of 16 years) and their 3 amazing boys; 13 year old Ty, 11 year old Greyson, and 7 year old Rush. Ryan currently oversees the youth and men’s groups at his local church, and is also actively involved in a local Boy Scout program. “I’m honored to receive such a prestigious award, and extremely thankful for the support of my peers and the SFMD” said Ryan Elowe.
Please join the Superstition Fire & Medical District in congratulating Ryan Elowe as our 2016 Firefighter of the Year!
For more information about SFMD’s 2015 Firefighter of the Year, contact us at (480) 982-4440