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A delegation of firefighters led by Stockton Fire Chief Ron Hittle came to the Prouty home in Rancho Murieta Monday to pay tribute to one of their own.

During his 15-year career with the Stockton Fire Department, Capt. Andrew Prouty pursued every opportunity for training and joined every kind of team, from rapid response to deep water rescue, Hittle told the family. He also used another set of skills to become the "go-to guy" for writing grants and developing proposals.

These produced programs that connected the fire department to the community it serves, his colleagues said.

"That’s the type of firefighter he was," said his sister-in-law, Irene Camy. "They would count on him to forge new partnerships."

Andrew Prouty died Friday at his home after being stricken by a heart attack. He was 47. He is survived by Theresa, his wife of 19 years, and their three young sons, Gregory, Ryan and Aidan.

 

Theresa and Andrew Prouty

Theresa and Andrew Prouty were married for 19 years.

 

A visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on

Cantova Way
. A vigil will be held after the visitation.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Interment will be private.

Mr. Prouty was born to Ken and Marty Prouty on Nov. 28, 1960. Growing up in Santa Rosa, he was active in Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Cardinal Newman High School.

He met Theresa when they were students at University of the Pacific, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Family members describe Mr. Prouty as a man who was passionate about his family and his profession. He enjoyed outdoor activities, and family vacations often involved skiing or hiking.

He was also active in scouting activities involving his sons.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prouty was on medical leave from the fire department because of back problems.

During his tenure with the department, he served as a fire department spokesman and a staff member for the Stockton City Council Community Improvement and Crime Prevention Committee.   

In 2005, Mr. Prouty was chosen from over 600 applicants to be a technical peer reviewer for the federal Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The selection was made by the Department of Homeland Security and the federal Fire Administration

In 2006, he produced a paper in partnership with University of the Pacific staff and went to Dresden, Germany, to present it at the International Communication Association conference.

In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Prouty is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stockton Firefighters Relief Association.

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