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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces St. Cloud Fire Rescue’s Ryan Gallik as Florida’s Career Firefighter of the Year and Fire Service Instructor of the Year


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For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2017
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater honored the winners of the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards during a reception hosted Monday evening at the Florida Capitol. Among the winners was Ryan Gallik, a firefighter and paramedic with St. Cloud Fire Rescue, who was named Fire Service Instructor of the Year and Career Firefighter of the Year. The annual award ceremony is hosted to honor those in the fire service community who have shown exceptionalism in their profession.
In addition to his daily duties, Ryan has dedicated his free time to equipping fellow and aspiring firefighters with the knowledge and resources they need to understand how to be the most effective first responder.  From 2008-2014, Ryan taught emergency medicine, basic firefighter training and emergency vehicle operations courses at the Technical Education Center Osceola. He has served as an EMT instructor at the Central Florida Fire Academy, and he recently returned from Poland where he taught a class on the use of unmanned aircraft in firefighting.
Using extensive knowledge gathered at the Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy in Maryland, Ryan organized and hosted Central Florida’s first Regional Safety Committee Forum to develop a region-wide, collaborative approach to ensuring that Central Florida first responders are practicing their duties in the most efficient and safe way possible.
The forum's membership has since extended to South Florida and now includes more than 40 different fire departments.
Ryan Gallik was nominated for these awards by the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association and Florida State Fire Association.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).