Firefighter, Olympic champion Amy Tryon dies

April 24, 2012

By Staff

A former firefighter from Eastside Fire & Rescue who also was a well-known equestrian, died April 12 at her home in Duvall at age 42.

Tryon began her public service as a volunteer firefighter at Pine Lake Station 81 in 1992. Two years later, she was hired as a career firefighter when the area was still under the jurisdiction of King County Fire Protection District 10. In 2006, Tryon retired from the fire department to devote herself completely to riding.

Tryon won a bronze medal in a team event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She also represented the United States team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

“Although Amy was intensely shy, her evident joy in the world was brought out in the presence of animals,” her family wrote on Tryon’s website, www.teamtryon.com. “She was fiercely determined and focused. Nothing was insurmountable or preordained to her. She just wanted to see if she could…”

The cause of death has not been released. Her husband Greg Tryon is a deputy chief at EFR. Services were held April 20 in Duvall. The family asked that any remembrance go to your local humane society.

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