In response to the tragic death of firefighter and Pima Community College instructor Sterling Lytle, the Margaret E Mooney Foundation has established the Sterling Lytle Memorial Scholarship Endowment with the PCC Foundation.
The endowment will benefit students in PCC's EMT and Fire Science programs.
Lytle, 25, was injured June 27, when a truck ran over him in a midtown parking lot, according to news reports. He died Tuesday.
Lytle worked for the Nogales Fire Department and had been an adjunct instructor in PCC's EMT-Basic Certificate Program since spring 2011. He had volunteered for the program since 2008, after earning his EMT-B Certificate in fall 2007. He was close to completing his degree in Fire Science through PCC's Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute.
"Sterling did it right. What I admire most and will remember about Sterling is his respect and passion for the profession," said Wright "Brandy" Randolph, program director and lead faculty for the EMT-B Certificate Program, based at PCC's East Campus. "It is a special person that gets the privilege to wear the uniform of a firefighter/EMT, and he was well aware of that.
"Sterling loved this place and the people that fill it, and we loved him right back. Although our family is sad at the loss of one of our own, we will continue to do what we do. While there will not be another 'Slytle,' there is another young person out there that wants to make a difference like our friend did. To honor and respect his memory we will make sure we continue to do things the right way."
Contributions to the endowment may be made by sending a check to the PCC Foundation, 4905C E. Broadway Blvd. Room 252, Tucson, AZ 85709-1320, or with a Visa or MasterCard at the Foundation's webpage: select "Donate Online," then "Scholarships," and enter "Sterling Lytle Memorial Scholarship Endowment." For more information, contact the PCC Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-206-4646.
"Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, co-workers and students," said Cheryl House, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation.
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