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