In the 1990’s the Village of Channahon had a flood, and teenager Ryan Jandura felt the call to help and always looked up to those who were in public service such as police and fire.
So, it was no surprise when in 1999, after a friend of his dad gave him an application for Ryan to join the Channahon Fire Department, he filled it out and became a volunteer firefighter. In 2005, Ryan went full time as a paid firefighter for the Channahon Fire Protection District and dedicated his life to the service of others.
His wife Kelli Jandura said her husband has a soft spot for others, especially single moms and has helped moms when they have struggled to make ends meet.
“I think it has to do with the role of a public servant at work. At home he’s the father and makes sure we are okay. One time he helped a single mom when the dad wasn’t pitching in to help. He can’t imagine how it would be to be single and not getting any help,” Kelli said.