“I got a degree in finance and after working in business for a couple of years realized I wasn’t happy. I decided to try and make my childhood dream come true, and I was lucky enough for it to happen.”

Ever since he can remember, Matt DeRyckere wanted to be a firefighter. Pushing the childhood fantasy aside, he went to high school and college planning for a career in business. Today, he’s answering the call in service to the community.

“There’s the camaraderie of working together as a team and being able to help people. I wanted to wake up in the morning excited to go to work, and now I do.”

Matt DeRyckere
Carmel Fire Department
Class of 2008