A Tribute To Ethan James Byrne

Ethan James Byrne

As many know, in 2020, during the height of the pandemic, at a time when many people were struggling, we lost one of our students, Ethan Byrne. Unfortunately, circumstances at the time did not permit the Board and Administration to publicly mourn his passing. 


I want you, the public, to know that District administration recently had a chance to sit down with Ethan's parents.  I cannot imagine the grief that this family has endured and how difficult it must be for them to face each day. But they do, and in that, we recognize their strength and courage. We hope that in expressing some thoughts about Ethan, we commemorate the contributions Ethan made to the lives of others and, perhaps, provide some much needed solace to his family and friends.


I'd like to tell you a little bit about Ethan.  Ethan was in his senior year at the high school.  Ethan was a super student, but his true passion was his work as a volunteer firefighter. Ethan joined the Springfield Fire Company as a Cadet Firefighter in May of 2017, and in December of 2018, Ethan transitioned into the rank of Junior Firefighter.  He consistently volunteered his time responding to emergency incidents, and he was always willing to participate and help in any and all community events attended by the Fire Company.


To the Byrne family, we extend our sincere condolences, and I hope in some small way, this testimony can assist in bringing some peace to you.  And we hope that talking about Ethan this evening can impact our community in a positive way, just like the way Ethan did every time he went on a call.