Homelessness to firefighter: Utah man shares his journey from off the streets

  • Source: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
  • Published: 07/14/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Every day at work, Dyllon Ryser gets to help people. Whether it's fighting fires, providing urgent medical care, or sometimes offering a pep talk on the side. "Good job. Keep up the hard work, man. Keep your head up, OK," Ryser said to a man needing first aid. "I know it's hard out there on the streets." All things that he says he loves doing with the Ogden Fire Department. "Just having that opportunity to see every situation and trying to help somebody is just the greatest." But part of what makes Ryser good at what he does is where he used to be. "I was 10 years old when that happened. My parents divorced and then my dad had nowhere to go, so he became homeless," he recalled. Ryser grew up on the streets of Salt Lake City in the Rio Grande area. "I had two younger brothers and one older sister. We kind of watched after them," he said.


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