Alcova Mortgage LLC recently honored veteran Ryan Parent as a 2020 Hometown Hero.
Parent joined the Marine Corps in 2003. He deployed to Iraq for seven months in 2005 and afterward served at Quantico until 2011 before joining the reserves.
After leaving active duty, Parent briefly played and coached professional baseball for four years in independent leagues around the U.S. while also working in information technology during the offseason. It wasn’t long before he pursued his real passion.
“I have always wanted to be a firefighter even as a kid,” says Parent. “I love being able to give back to the community.” Parent started in the Volunteer Fire Service in Ladysmith in 2011. After earning all his required certifications, he left his IT career to become a firefighter and EMT for Caroline County.
Parent has helped coach high school baseball and little league. Additionally, in 2007, Parent helped co-found the nonprofit National Capital Region Military Hockey Team that plays to benefit organizations or charity events like Toys for Tots, food drives and blood drives.
Parent was also selected by the Washington Capitals to serve as head hockey coach for a charity hockey team comprising players representing the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Annually, this team plays an Army–Air Force team to raise funds for various veterans organizations.
Parent also works to raise funds to assist wounded warriors and homeless veterans, and he volunteers in Stafford County as a volunteer firefighter.
Loan officer Kimberly Thagholm from the Locust Grove branch was honored to visit Parent and his family at the firehouse to present him with his Hometown Hero award.