During an early morning fire on April 8, 2011, Chuck Ryan was performing his duties as a District of Columbia Firefighter when he was critically injured. Ryan also serves as the Volunteer Chief of the Riverdale, MD, Fire/EMS Station in Prince George’s County. Today is another milestones in Ryan’s road to recovering from his injuries. Steve Lamphier, Volunteer President of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, stated, “Chief Ryan should be released today from the Washington Hospital Burn Center.. Chuck still has a recovery period ahead of him, but he is making fantastic progress. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Chuck.”
Pete Piringer, Public Information Officer of the District of Columbia Fire Department, said that Ryan is scheduled to be discharged between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm today. He will leave the Washington Hospital Center and return to Engine 15/Rescue Squad 3 Fire Station at 14th Street and V Street SE. The return to the fire station after release from a hospital is symbolic that the incident in which he was injured is now complete. It also serves as part of a firefighter’s tradition that everyone goes home after every call. Piringer stated a reception will be held at the fire station to celebrate Chucky Ryan’s release.