June 19, 2011
Firefighter's book recounts his passion
A local man has written a memoir about his many years fighting fires.
Former Scott Twp. fire chief Gary R. Ryman is the author of "Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family," just released by Eynon-based publisher Tribute Books.
On Friday, Mr. Ryman will sign copies of the book at Tiffany's Tap & Grill, 291 Main St., Eynon, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The book is available for $10.95 in paperback and from $2.99 to $4.99 in e-book form and can be purchased at www.tribute-books.com.
Mr. Ryman is the second of three generations of firefighters and has served for more than 30 years in fire departments across three states.
In the book, he recounts his early days in upstate New York, where he learned the ropes from his fire chief father.
In thorough detail, he describes the many blazes he has battled over the years, both in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he was a member of a volunteer crew, and in Scott Twp., where he served as a mentor to his oldest son.
Throughout, Mr. Ryman attempts to give readers a sense of the personal and professional turning points that define a firefighting career.
Mr. Ryman has a bachelor's degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and has been employed as a fire protection engineer for more than 25 years. He is pursuing a master's degree in American history. Mr. Ryman is married with two children.
If you go
What: Book signing by Gary R. Ryman, author of "Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family"
Where: Tiffany's Tap & Grill, 291 Main St., Eynon
When: Friday, June 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Details: The book is available for $10.95 in paperback and from $2.99 to $4.99 in e-book form, and can be purchased at www.tribute-books.com.