Moraine Valley Fire Academy graduate earns state medal of valor
Learning that a 2014 graduate of Moraine Valley Community College’s Fire Academy was honored by the state for an act of bravery did not come as a surprise to Andy Hufnagl, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Science Technology coordinator at Moraine Valley.
“Bryan Lowery was an outstanding candidate, so to hear about his valiant work didn’t surprise me,” Hufnagl said. “This is a testament to the type of candidates we are creating at Moraine Valley. We strive to impart those life-saving skills and courageous decision-making abilities in every candidate.
“We’re very proud of Bryan, and proud that candidates from the first 10 academies are all working in Chicago and Chicagoland fire departments. Purchasing newer, additional and better equipment helps to ensure we continue to provide high-quality, professionally-trained entry level first responders,” Hufnagl said.
Lowery, who was the valedictorian of his class, is a firefighter/paramedic with the Calumet City Fire Department. He received the State of Illinois Firefighting Medal of Valor in May for rescuing a driver trapped in a burning vehicle as a result of a traffic accident. The driver suffered burns and multiple traumatic injuries, but survived.
SUBSCRIBE TO RAY HANANIA'S COLUMN
“I look back at it now and I can’t believe I did that. I think I acted without thinking. I didn’t hesitate. It was just do what I could do to save him,” he said. Lowery didn’t have time to put on his protective gear or air mask, which is why he had to come out of the vehicle several times to breathe.
Lowery credits his success to outstanding training at Moraine Valley and the University of Illinois Fire Science Institute in Champaign.
Being in public service is something he always envisioned. “I enrolled in Moraine Valley’s Emergency Medical Technician Program because of my desire to serve a community in a 911 situation. I went to the Moraine Valley Fire Academy and it spiked a new passion in my life.”
Lowery noted the Moraine Valley Fire Academy gave him a good start. “I’ve recommended this program to a lot of people who told me they wanted to go into fire science,” he said. “The training is very good and gets you pointed in the right direction. It sets you up to succeed.”
Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America.
Click here to listen to Ray's Political Podcast.
Hanania's columns are archived on his personal website at RayHanania.com. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.
Email Ray Hanania at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest posts by Ray Hanania (see all)
- Morton College student charged with possessing weapons on school property - November 17, 2019
- Welch Statement on Student Athlete Endorsement Act - November 14, 2019
- Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury - November 14, 2019