**For Immediate Release**
Two Instructors Honored by Guymon Fire Department
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 01-05-2007
Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University Instructors R. Dean McFadden and Grant Wadley were honored for their service at the Guymon Fire Department (GFD) Christmas party that was held December 19. Both teach in the Guymon Classroom.
McFadden, a Choctaw, Okla. native, was recognized as Fire Fighter of the Year. He attended OPSU on football and academic scholarships, and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He began his career with the Guymon Fire Department as an intern in OPSU’s Fire Protection in 2001, and was granted an Associate’s of Science in Fire Protection through that program. The OPSU alumnus also received his national Paramedic licensure in 2005.
Dean’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start a chimney sweep business, “Clean Sweep,” in Guymon with his partner, Dennis Dudley, because he identified a need in the community. McFadden has been an instructor for OPSU’s Fire Protection program since 2004. This past fall semester, Dean served OPSU as the lead instructor for Introduction to Fire Protection and Firefighter 1 courses taught in the Guymon Classroom. His leadership within the fire department, his participation in its training program and willingness to serve in the intern program also previously earned him a Medial of Valor and Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.
Grant Wadley, honored as the 2006 Emergency Medical Services Provider of the Year, exemplifies hard work and dedication in the field of Paramedicine. He began as a volunteer paramedic in 1990 with the Guymon Police Department, and then in 1996, volunteered with the Guymon Fire Department and was hired full-time in 1998. Wadley’s extensive education and training in Paramedicine comes from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Maryland and he holds several instructor level certifications in his field. Grant assisted OPSU’s efforts to get a state-approved Emergency Medical Technology program. He currently serves as the lead instructor for the first EMT-B class in the Guymon Classroom and will teach the upcoming First Responder in the spring. Wadley’s previous honors and awards include EMT of the Year, Distinguished Service, the Medal of Valor and a Letter of Recognition from the Governor of the state of Oklahoma. His consistent leadership and dedication to Emergency Medical Service is second to none.
OPSU is honored to have both McFadden and Wadley as instructors.