During an early morning fire on April 8, 2011, Chuck Ryan was performing his duties as a District of Columbia Firefighter when he was critically injured. Ryan also serves as the Volunteer Chief of the Riverdale, MD, Fire/EMS Station in Prince Georgeâ€™s County. Today is another milestones in Ryanâ€™s road to recovering from his injuries. Steve Lamphier, Volunteer President of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, stated, â€œChief Ryan should be released today from the Washington Hospital Burn Center.. Chuck still has a recovery period ahead of him, but he is making fantastic progress. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Chuck.â€
Pete Piringer, Public Information Officer of the District of Columbia Fire Department, said that Ryan is scheduled to be discharged between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm today. He will leave the Washington Hospital Center and return to Engine 15/Rescue Squad 3 Fire Station at 14th Street and V Street SE. The return to the fire station after release from a hospital is symbolic that the incident in which he was injured is now complete. It also serves as part of a firefighterâ€™s tradition that everyone goes home after every call. Piringer stated a reception will be held at the fire station to celebrate Chucky Ryanâ€™s release.