Ric currently is the Program Manager for Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement Professions at Northeast Iowa Community College, does expert consulting in the areas of public policy and emergency response, and is the drummer and leader of the Upper Main Street Jazz Band.
Ric is an accomplished instructor in all areas of emergency care, with an emphasis on trauma and advanced life support. He has taught classes on emergency care all over the United States, including a stint for the United States Department of Defense training troops prior to their deployment for the first Gulf War.
On May 15, 2007, Ric was inducted into the Dubuque County Fire Association’s “Hall of Flame,” an honor that humbles him. Honorees have served the association with many volunteer hours to improve the fire service in and around Dubuque County.
On May 6, 2011, Ric was one of the inaugural inductees to the Dubuque County “Stars of Life,” honoring his many years of service, instruction, and innovation to the Emergency Medical Services community.
Ric served the City of Dubuque Fire Department for 31 years, beginning his career as a Fire Fighter/Emergency Medical Technician in 1974, and retiring as Emergency Medical Services Supervisor in 2005. He was one of Iowa’s first Paramedics and left behind an extraordinarily capable EMS system for the citizens of Dubuque.
After a weekend off, he announced his candidacy for City Council and was elected in November, 2005, to his first term. Enjoying wide margins of electoral success, he was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.