By TYLER MASK
Everywhere around us, there are heroes - people that rise to the occasion and help others in need.
This week, one of Mineral Wells’ heroes was not only recognized for all he does in the community, but promoted to a position of greater esteem and responsibility.
On Monday, Mineral Wells firefighter and paramedic Ryan Dunn was promoted to Captain of the Mineral Wells Fire Department.
The brief ceremony began with an address by Fire Chief Mike Pool, who mentioned the importance of a promotion, comparing it to many of life’s great accomplishments.
He went on to speak highly of Dunn and expressed his excitement in having Dunn sign on as captain.
Most notably, however, Pool said, “I’ve got to get him promoted before I start giving him the real work,” to which the audience responded with laughter.
Dunn - although a resident of Peaster - is no stranger to Mineral Wells; he was born here after all. One could even say that Crazy Water runs in his veins.
Dunn has served nine years in this field of work, with the Mineral Wells Fire Department comprising the most recent three and a half years.
Dunn said what started it all was positive peer pressure.
“I had a bunch of friends that were doing it, so I tagged along with them,” Dunn said. “I eventually got interested enough to move up the ranks through (the volunteer) department.”
His initial experience in first response began at the Lubbock County Volunteer Fire Department, in the same city where Dunn also received his training and education.
Shortly after signing on with Lubbock, Dunn received his Emergency Medical Training and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic between two and three years.
From there, Dunn received his EMT Intermediate and served for another four years before he finally became a paramedic.