Bryant Gregory Anderson was born on August 27, 1974, in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in a loving home with his parents, Hans and Barbara Anderson, and his sister, Shea. He displayed traits early as a public servant and protector by first becoming a lifeguard and then an Eagle Scout. Following his graduation from John Marshall High School, he first pursued a degree and career in electrical engineering but found his calling in the fire department as a volunteer firefighter with the Grey Forest Volunteer Fire Department in 1998.
He married his wife, Rosie, and was father to Kaylia, Casandra, and Travis.
He remained active in the Grey Forest Volunteer Fire Department until his death and helped to transition the department through the development of Bexar County Emergency Services District #8, where he eventually earned the rank of fire captain. During this time at Grey Forest, Bryant worked to earn his state certifications as a firefighter and paramedic and became an EMT instructor for several local schools in and around Bexar County.
Bryant Anderson began his career as a professional career firefighter in 2004 with the City of Converse Fire Department and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2009 and fire captain in 2012.
Captain Anderson continued his professional development, earning many state certifications throughout his career, and worked to manage and lead the many transitions within the Converse Fire Department until his passing from COVID-19 on August 18, 2020.
Captain Anderson was a leader in the Bexar County and City of Converse fire service who dedicated his life in the service to others. His work focused on improving emergency scene operations and firefighter safety. A strong leader with a booming command voice, Bryant was a tough, hardworking servant-leader who was a pleasure to be around. His life’s work has and will help save countless lives. He most recently led the initiative to improve the fire scene communications in Converse by becoming the first fire officer to earn “Blue Card” credentials in incident command and then training others on meeting this high standard. Captain Anderson volunteered to serve as the department’s quartermaster, managing uniforms processes, and was a vital part of the team that worked to improve the department’s ISO rating to Class 1 in 2019.
Captain Bryant Anderson was a huge history buff, model airplane builder, and loved to travel. He knew weird/odd facts and specific dates, locations of things, and music.
The positive influence he had on his fellow firefighters will continue that work.