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Rookie earns Euless fire award

The Euless Fire Department Rookie of the Year 2014 is Ryan VanNoy.
The Euless Fire Department Rookie of the Year 2014 is Ryan VanNoy. Star-Telegram

The operative words for Ryan Van Noy are energetic, willingness and professional.

Fellow firefighters used those words in their nomination of Van Noy, 25, for Rookie of the Year 2014.

“Ryan has demonstrated his ability to improve and grow as a young member of the Euless Fire Department,” one fellow firefighter wrote. “Ryan brings a calm and eager work attitude.”

Another firefighter wrote, “Even though he is still very green to the service he seems to pick up on things quick. He seems very eager to learn.”

Van Noy was named Rookie of the Year 2014 during the department’s annual awards banquet in February.

“It was a very humbling experience,” Van Noy said. “It’s still a team effort.”

Born in California and raised in Oregon, Van Noy, of Carrollton, got a taste of firefighting with wildfires in Oregon. He moved to Texas in 2013 and decided to purse firefighting.

“As soon as I got here, I started school to become a firefighter,” Van Noy said. He became a part-time firefighter in Sachse and was hired by Euless in June 2014.

The last 11 months have been a learning experience for him.

But Assisant Chief Jeff Morris said VanNoy has an “unbelievable passion” for his job.

“He’s been one of the happiest recruits I have ever seen,” Morris said. “If you could have a recruit role model, it would be VanNoy.”

His fellow firefighters have grown to respect the rookie.

In one nomination letter, a fellow firefighter wrote, “Ryan picks up information easily and displays a can-do attitude. He has shown improvement with all that he has learned. He is always a professional to others and is always first in line when there is something needed.”

Van Noy didn’t expect to win the award, and his dedication to his job was evident the night of the banquet.

“I was on duty the night of the banquet, but I was still allowed to attend,” he said. “Just after I got the award, I had to leave because we had a medical call.”

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr