Jake Dickes

Jake Dickes

Firefighter with the Lyons Fire Protection District

Linda Crane

Linda Crane

Firefighter with the Lyons Fire Protection District

Kirk Garrison

Kirk Garrison

Firefighter with the Lyons Fire Protection District

Anne Reid

Anne Reid

Firefighter with the Lyons Fire Protection District

Brian Vasel

Brian Vasel | Lyons Fire Protection District

Brian Vasel grew up about an hour west of Manhattan in a small northern New Jersey lake community. He moved to Colorado in 1995 with a hankering for deep powder and completed an environmental biology degree at University of Colorado Boulder in 1999.  Brian spent a lot of time on “The Ice” having made 9 trips to Antarctica and “wintering over” during two 9-month long winter seasons at the South Pole to help maintain a long-term climate research facility for NOAA. Brian and family (wife Sarah, son Alder, daughter Allya) moved to Lyons in June 2015 and he joined LFPD in September.  He enjoys the mountain playground that surrounds Lyons and can be found around town with the family, on local mountain bike trails, camping, hiking, and skiing the trees for deep snow.  Brian is proud to be a LFPD firefighter and considers himself lucky to be living in Lyons and serving the community.

Scott Johnson

Lyons Fire Protection District

Firefighter with the Lyons Fire Protection District

Marya Washburn

Marya Washburn | Lyons Fire Protection District

Originally from Minnesota, Marya Washburn moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains and rivers of the Rockies. When not volunteering as a firefighter, Marya works with adjudicated youth in the northern front range. Marya has been a Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Tech for over a decade. She enjoys the camaraderie of the fire department and also feels that it is a great way to give back to a community. Marya is an avid outdoorswoman who has adventured all over the Americas; living as far south as Punta Arenas in Chile to as far north as the Yukon Territory of Canada.

Andrew Dutchman

Andrew Dutchman | Lyons Fire Protection District

Andrew Dutchman grew up in Del Mar, California, on the coast, surfing and being a typical CA kid. Started college in 2009 with interest in firefighting as a possible career path, after spending time with a friend’s dad who was a crew chief for Cal Fires Chopper 2. Immediately began schooling in Fire Science and Emergency Management at Palomar College in San Diego. Moved to Colorado in the winter of 2013 to start EMT school and fell in love with the state. Found out I could get my first real foot in the door with firefighting by volunteering at Lyons Fire.

Zach Hart

Zach Hart | Lyons Fire Protection District

Zach Hart joined LFPD in September 2011. Zach was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado and is still living in Longmont. He and his wife, Stephane, built a brand new house 8 years ago and live in with their two furry dog-kids, Sadie and Charlie. Zach enjoys playing golf and Scuba diving on his free time. Zach is currently working with a construction company building houses, remodeling, and pretty much anything to keep him busy. He is proud to be a LFPD Firefighter/EMT and really loves the community of Lyons.

Tobin Blythe

Tobin Blythe | Lyons Fire Protection District

Tobin Blythe was born in Longmont, Colorado somewhere around 1992, he’s not quite sure cause he doesn’t remember that far back but thats the supposed story. For now he is a full-time student at Front Range community college heading for a Bachelors in nursing (however long that may take). He also works at Nicolos pizza for his family. He is not married or engaged or anything but time will eventually take care of that one for him hopefully! In the days that he actually has time off, he is usually outside tearing cars apart and rebuilding them; its not always the funnest of work but its definitely worth it in the end. Tobin is naturally an outdoors type of person, so it would take a good roll of duct tape and some rope to keep him from a nice day in the sun.

Monique Hein

Monique Hein | Lyons Fire Protection District

Monique “Mo” joined Lyons Fire in 2010, with the desire to help the community and to gain the knowledge and experience of emergency services. Her passion is understanding and managing wildland fires. When she is not volunteering, Monique enjoys spending her time in the outdoors fishing and hunting. In addition to wildland certifications, Monique is also a certified EMT and Structure Firefighter.

Joan Ferris

Joan Ferris | Lyons Fire Protection District

Joan, a native of Long Island, moved to Colorado in January 2007, searching for new adventure. Inspired by the events of 9/11 and her own father, who has been a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years, Joan joined the LFPD crew in November 2007. Always up for a new challenge, Joan describes this as one of her best decisions thus far! She enjoys all aspects of being a member at LFPD; the comradery, participation in training opportunities, and providing assistance to members of the community when the need arises. Joan also enjoys providing care to our four-legged family members, by working as a veterinary technician at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. When not helping animals or the community of Lyons, Colorado, Joan enjoys hiking and running with her black labrador, Ashley, Crossfit and horseback riding.

Joan was obviously enjoying our day of extrication training.

Braden Roecker

Braden Roecker | Lyons Fire Protection District

Braden Roecker also known as “Awesome” or “Da Man” is a trained good looking Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic with I.V. He has been with Lyons Fire Protection District since 2008.

He currently works for Budweiser, as a welder and in maintenance tech. He also does some side welding jobs and has customized many of the LFPD vehicles and signs.

Braden has been married since June of 2002 and has six beautiful kids. Why does he have six kids? Because he is Awesome!.

Rich Palestro

Rich Palestro | Lyons Fire Protection District

Rich Palestro, aka Looch, is a transplant from Queens, NY and has been in Colorado since 1977.  He started in the EMS service 19 years ago as a volunteer in Frederick, CO where he now lives with his wonderful family.  He has a son and a daughter who constantly keep him on his toes.  He currently works for the Colorado State Forest Service as a full time Engine Captain on a Type 6 Engine.  His main passion is in wildland fire which he has been involved in since 2001.  During his off time, he works for his wifes mitigation company as a consultant and a technical tree faller.  He also teaches several wildland fire classes through out the year.  Looch joined Lyons Fire in 2004 because he liked the idea of a small town department that was so connected to the community.

Rich takes command of low-angle rescue training

Nicole Palestro

Nicole Palestro | Lyons Fire Protection District

Nicole Palestro has lived in Colorado all her life and has had no desire to live anywhere else. At the present time she is the majority owner of a mitigation company, Healthy Forest Mitigation, so she is usually cutting down trees from 8 to 5 seven days a week. Nicole is married with two children ages 21 and 17. She could say 3 children if you include her husband. When she does find free time, she loves to hang out with her kids, garden, teach new wildland firefighters and be a pain to her husband, Rich. She joined Lyons Fire because she wanted to be involved in a fire department.  Nicole loves the comradery and feels most of the volunteers she meets are really great people. When asked about volunteering for Lyons, Nicole stated, “I also enjoy being a part of a small community.  When small towns, like Frederick, get bigger they tend to lose a lot of their charm.”

Nicole leads her crew during a prescribed burn on the Hall Ranch

Susan Suskiewich

Sue Suskiewich | Lyons Fire Protection District

Sue Suskiewich has been living by the North St. Vrain for more than 35 years. When, in the early 2000’s, wildland fires were flaring up close by, Sue found a great way of both connecting with, and serving the community by joining the fire department. Sue and her husband Jim are avid fly fishermen which leads them beyond Colorado to New Zealand on a regular basis.