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Ryan Patton

My name is Ryan Patton and I’ve been in the fire service for over 25 years, between the military and Bowling Green Fire Division. I have 4 children and am recently divorced. I enjoy outside activities and volunteering.

My interest in becoming a PEER supporter started out of necessity when one of our members committed suicide in 2017. It wasn’t until then that I realized how the stigma of asking for help could impact a person, family, department and community. I understand reaching out for help can be difficult as I hid my struggles with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and bad calls, for close to 10 years. I felt it was a sign of weakness and embarrassment. IT’S NOT!! Since I started to talking with peers and clinicians, I have a much better understanding on how to deal with issues, struggles and challenges. What I have learned the most, is that I am not alone in dealing with these issues. We all have something we’re going through and or dealing with. For me, getting things off my chest was a massive first step on my way to a better life, both at home and work.

Ryan Patton is a Lieutenant with the Bowling Green Fire Department and has over 30 years of experience in the fire service starting his career in 1990 as an active duty firefighter in the Air Force. In 2000, he accepted a position with Bowling Green Fire. Throughout his career, he expanded his knowledge base as an inspector, fire instructor and fire investigator. In 2019, he received training by the IAFF as a PEER Supporter. Ryan was instrumental in developing a PEER/CISM Program at Bowling Green Fire and the Wood County Peer Support Team.
Ryan has a passion for promoting mental wellness, education and offering support for his brothers and sisters in the fire service. Ryan has fielded calls for peer support in his district, throughout the state and outside the state of Ohio. Ryan believes “there shouldn't be any barriers in access to mental wellness and support”. We're all in this together.
Ryan has four adult children and four grandchildren. He enjoys spending time in nature and taking care of his overall wellness by kayaking, biking and meditation.