On the three year anniversary of a devastating Panhandle wildfire, a scholarship fund is now in place in honor of a woman who died trying to save her neighbors in that fire.
The Kathy Ryan Rural Fire and Rescue Endowment was established Friday.
Kathy Ryan died trying to get her elderly neighbors out of their burning house during the 2006 Borger wildfire. The endowment will go to rural volunteer fire departments for training and education.
Ryan's daughter, Pamela Ayers, says, "hopefully they'll have what they need to help in situations like this. Fire and rescue teams will have what they need to do their jobs."
Volunteer fire fighters cover more than 27 thousand square miles in the Texas Panhandle region.
In March of 2006, two wildfires destroyed 900 thousand acres, along with homes and vehicles. Twelve people died, including Ryan and a volunteer fireman.
This fund was established by Ryan's children and the law firm of Lovell, Lovell, Newsom and Isern and the endowment will be managed and administered by the Amarillo Area Foundation.