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Evan Patronik

Evan grew up in the western panhandle of Maryland, spending most of his childhood exploring woods,

building treehouses, and eating paint chips. Despite the obvious detriments to his psyche from the

paint, he attended the University of Maryland where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in

Fire Protection Engineering. He slaved away for a year and a half at a design firm before he realized a

lifetime spent behind a desk was not his cup of tea and in a brazen move to pursue a life of excitement,

he moved to the US Virgin Islands. For 3 years he sailed, surfed, free dove, and adventured, earning his

Captain’s license and accruing countless stories with which he constantly attempts to regale his fellow

fire fighters, always beginning the same way, “Living in the islands!…”

After the fill of sun and fun, he returned to the mother land to be with family and then pursue the

next adventure, which ultimately became co-founding a hand-made, hollow wooden surf and stand up

paddleboard business in the sleepy town of Lyons. This lead him to the LFPD and its rag tag group of

mangy volunteers who welcomed him with open arms and plenty of sarcasm, just the way Evan likes

it. He has been with the department since February of 2013, earning his FF1 credentials along with

Wildland and Swift Water 1, 2, and Trainer certs. At the station, Evan can often be found barefoot,

shirtless, and laughing, clearly a reoccurring issue from his childhood paint chip diet. He plans on

pursuing volunteer fire fighting for the rest of his capable life, whether a career in the field becomes a

decision or not.

Evan would like to thank the LFPD and its amazing team for becoming a second home and new family.

He is proud to work alongside his fellow fire fighters, through laughter and stress, turmoil and success,

and feels honored to have been brought into such an incredible organization.