Burbank’s Firefighter of Year is Honored

Capt. Ryan Cortina

Captain Ryan Cortina, a 12-year veteran with the Burbank Fire Department, has been recognized as its Firefighter of the Year, it has been announced.
“His passion and commitment as a company officer is second to none and may only be superseded by his investment in the Paramedic Program,” a fire department spokesperson said. “He spends countless hours both on and off duty working towards the improvement, innovation and ownership of this program. He always goes above and beyond as a paramedic coordinator by maintaining personnel needs, equipment and supplies. He is a key component in the department’s successful relationships with outside agencies and provides continuing education for the Emergency Medical Services Program.
“Captain Cortina achieves all of the above while still preparing his crew for the all-risk challenges that a fire company may face. He is constantly learning new information and skills of the job while holding himself to the highest standards, without compromise.
“His compassion for the public and his crew is unmatched,” the statement continued. “He constantly ensures the happiness and well-being of others before himself. His integrity is commendable as he sets the bar for excellence in the performance of his duties. His outstanding leadership is evident as he inspires personnel through his strong work ethic and positive attitude. He exemplifies the department’s shared values of integrity, ownership, compassion, innovation and excellence.”

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