Brian Robert Hricik was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 14, 1971, to Robert and Kathleen Hricik. He grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, with his two sisters, Christine and Sabrina.
In August of 1996, Brian met Cindy Anne Mayne when her sister, Noelle, brought her along to Brian’s 25th birthday celebration. Brian and Cindy quickly fell in love. They married on October 9, 1999, at the Vienna Presbyterian Church. They were blessed with three beautiful, intelligent, and spirited daughters, Madison, Kaitlyn, and Anna.
Brian lived his life deeply rooted in faith and family. He was an active and devoted member of Vienna Presbyterian Church for decades and was very proud to be a deacon in the church. He was devoted to his wife and daughters, as well as to his parents, sisters, and in-laws. Brian loved cheering on his daughters no matter the endeavor and instilled in them his radiant positivity and drive. He loved to travel, whether to the Outer Banks, the Caribbean, or to Lake Sacandaga in New York, which became an annual family event. He also enjoyed watching his beloved Washington Capitals, win or lose.
His friends, family, and colleagues remember him as being kind, loving, humble, dedicated, smart, strong, giving, and passionate. He shared those same values with everyone he met.
As a young man, Brian became interested in emergency medical services after watching the American drama series “Emergency” on television. Brian began volunteering at the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department in Prince William County in 1989, earning his Emergency Medical Technician certification. He later became a cardiac technician and was employed as an emergency room technician at Alexandria Hospital and later at Prince William Hospital. Brian began his EMS career with the Alexandria Fire Department in 1997, eventually rising to the rank of medical services deputy chief.
Brian had a long and impactful career with AFD and served in many leadership roles. Throughout his career, he was an advocate for his colleagues and for an EMS system that prioritized high-quality patient care. He was dedicated to his profession and worked diligently to train others and serve as a role model. He even worked hard to complete his bachelor’s degree this year. He served continuously as a friend and a mentor to too many people to count. He was well respected by all who knew him, and his impact on the EMS profession will continue to resonate beyond the city of Alexandria.