They are a rare breed, selfless, and sacrifice greatly for others. When it comes to the world of Emergency Medical Services, the name Ryan Shane Rowe is synonymous with those qualities.
Rowe, an NRC Paramedic, works for Sebastian County EMS in Greenwood. Additionally, he is an Emergency Medical Technician instructor at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.
He knew at an early age that he wanted to work in the field of emergency services. “I wanted to be a state trooper,” Rowe shared. “At the time, I wasn’t old enough to do that yet…I remember visiting with Allan Banning, an EMT sitting on the sidelines at a Booneville football game. He showed me the equipment, and I began thinking, this might be something I would enjoy doing.”
For the past 23 years, Rowe has worked in the field of EMS. A majority of his career was spent at Fort Smith EMS. In 2008, he would join SCEMS as a full-time paramedic.
He has served as Chief of Police for the City of Bonanza from 2007-2010, and then as a Reserve Deputy for Sebastian County from 2010-2019. Rowe has also worked as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher at EMSA, Eastern Division in Tulsa, OK.
It was there, the Rowes’ oldest daughter, Kailee, now 17, was born. Shane and his wife Amanda also have another daughter, Riley, age 7. The couple, who have been married 18 years, are active members within the Greenwood community. Rowe’s passion for helping others in their time of need, and his love and devotion to his family are the very heart of who Ryan Shane Rowe is.
In February of 2018, that passion spilled over with a desire to pass on his decades of skill and knowledge. He took to the classroom at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. “I am blessed just to have the ability to lead and teach,” stated Rowe. “I do love teaching others. I feel like teaching is my way of leaving my mark on the entire EMS community and to the community at large.”
In addition to being an instructor at UAFS, Rowe just recently concluded a 40-hour basic first responder course. Students near and far made the bi-weekly trip to sit under his instruction. “I took this course because Shane Rowe was teaching it,” shared one student. “He has a way of relaying information in a way that you can understand it.”
Students find his humor and teaching style enjoyable and effective. His experience and skill in and out of the classroom have earned him such accolades as Paramedic of the Year. However, nothing is as rewarding as a day where he’s able to make a difference in someone else’s life. “It’s all I know,” concluded Rowe. “I’m not sure what else I would ever be able to do. I still get an adrenaline rush when I help someone in dire need.”