The Kathy Ryan Rural Fire and Rescue Endowment Fund announced a grant award to the Top of Texas Rural Fire Academy. The academy was developed through a grant from FEMA with required matching funds from the Kathy Ryan Rural Fire and Rescue Endowment Fund. Founder of the academy, Ron Antalek, as well as instructors, participants and representatives of area fire departments were present for the announcement.
The Kathy Ryan Rural Fire and Rescue Endowment Fund was Established to honor the bravery of Kathy Ryan, a Borger grandmother, who lost her life in the March 12, 2006 Borger Wildfire, while trying to rescue her elderly neighbors. Her children and the law firm of Lovell, Lovell, Newsom & Isern wanted to honor her heroism and support fire and rescue personnel in the Texas Panhandle by establishing this endowment.
The Kathy Ryan Rural Fire and Rescue Endowment Fund is managed by the Amarillo Area Foundation. Application are accepted through December 1 and are awarded each year on March 12. Those interested in applying or donating can contact the Amarillo Area Foundation at 806-376-4521 or www.amarilloareafoundation.org.