Ryan brought an intangible energy to those he worked with, and he quickly found his way onto the Kinetic Fire organizational team in roles that included both Media and Logistics. The community at large took note, and Whistles was brought on board with our sister event, FireDrums, as the logistics organizer as well. Always there to lend a hand, even if it meant sacrificing his own time, Whistles seemed almost superhuman. Without complaining or lamenting, he brought those around him closer to their goals in any way he could, for the sheer sake of doing it, and truly exemplified the spirit of Kinetic Fire.
While returning home from Kinetic Fire 2014, Ryan was hit and killed in an automobile accident, leaving behind his parents, siblings, and his son Gavin, not to mention a network of flow arts community that spanned the nation. To say that our community was devastated would be a gross understatement. After 2 years have passed, we are now able to recognize how truly blessed our community was to have him, even if his time was cut short. He inspired lasting changes in many who now dedicate themselves to continuing that same positive growth.