Alan ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick was born in Clackamas County Oregon in 1977. He graduated Rex Putnam High School in 1996 and went off to the Army’s Basic Training later that summer before continuing on to the Combat Medic Course and other schools. Fitz spent the majority of his career as a Medic with a Forward Surgical Team, his broadening assignments included instructing, and staff assignments up to the Corps level. His leadership assignments included section NCO, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon SGT, Team Sergeant and Acting First Sergeant. Alan has combat deployments to both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters. He attended the U.S. Army NCO Academy graduating the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic NCO Course, and the Advanced NCO Course. He holds an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Suppression from Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon, and an Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services from Central Oregon Community Collage in Bend, Oregon. He currently holds many professional certifications in both structural and wildland firefighting, as well as many pre-hospital medical certifications including an Oregon State Paramedic License. Fitz works full time as a Firefighter / Paramedic for the Salem Fire Department. Fitz has been married to Heather for two months and has two boys, Christopher 13, and Kaden 12. Alan has volunteered with faith-based originations stateside and abroad, youth activities and athletics, local fire districts, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, as well as PHWFF – Salem. He is a member of veteran’s service organizations, the Santiam FlyCasters, and sat on the board of directors.
Fitz first picked up a fly rod in the late 90’s and wasn’t to sure about it, but in 2004 after returning from his first deployment from Iraq, and while attending paramedic school in Central Oregon, his waders never really dried out, and his rod was always strung up in the back of his pickup. After the boys were born, it went by the wayside and became a once or twice a year luxury until the boys started School. He soon found himself spending hours with a rod in hand or at the oars of his drift boat on the Oregon coast as well as the lower end of the Deschutes River. In 2014 after returning form Afghanistan he found himself at the Warrior Transition Battalion, Madigan Army Medical Center, where he met Chuck Tye. Becoming a PHWFF participant he rediscovered his passion for he water, outdoors and of course became re-addicted to the tug at the end of this fly line. After completing his treatment he returned to his home in Salem. Fitz became involved with PWHFF – Salem where he would become the Program Lead before being appointed Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Region of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.