Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lyle Burgess of Ryegate

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Lyle Burgess of Ryegate.  Lyle has been a dependable leader for the people of Golden Valley County for over a generation. 


Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing Lyle Burgess of Ryegate.  Lyle has been a dependable leader for the people of Golden Valley County for over a generation.  He has contributed to the community in the fields of education and emergency services.  Golden Valley County is located in the middle of Montana, and Lyle has been in the middle of events in the county for many years. 

After graduating from Eastern Montana College, now known as Montana State University-Billings, Lyle began a thirty-year career as a school teacher at Ryegate High School.  A few years after he started teaching, Lyle began serving as a First Responder with the Golden Valley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  Although he is now retired from teaching, Lyle continues  to serve his community: he went on to become the Director of EMS. Today his still serves in that role.  As Director, Lyle is responsible for training new First Responders and getting them ready to be Emergency Medical Technicians.  The familiar saying “once a teacher, always a teacher” rings true for Mr. Burgess.  Golden Valley County Sheriff Robert Pallas referred to Lyle and his colleague at EMS, Mary Ann Schladweiler, as the “staples” of the program.   

Golden Valley County is home to just about eight hundred residents.  The rural setting magnifies the necessity of having great folks like Lyle and Mary Ann offer their time and talent in the service of others.  Montana is a state blessed with many treasures, and the greatest treasure of all is the people.  Thank you, Lyle, for going above and beyond in the community and teaching others by your example.