Alumni Spotlight: Captain Autry Lowry

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

March 23, 2021

Captain Autry Lowry

autry lowry smiling and holding award

Bossier City, LA Local 4015

Captain Autry Lowry leads the Benton Fire Department in Bossier City, Louisiana, and serves as the president of Benton Local 4015. He recently received the Superhero Award by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) for his work with elementary and middle school kids. His greatest joy is being a role model for younger children and leading them down the right path. He also spends time with his award-winning racehorse, Shedaresthedevil.

Tell us about your experience at the IAFF Center of Excellence.

Making the decision to get treatment at the Center of Excellence was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I was at a crossroads in life. I had to make a decision that was going to have an immediate impact on my family. I struggled with day-to-day activities without having any idea that I was suffering from mental illness.

During my time spent at the Center, I was educated on how to better understand and deal with my mental health. The results are unbelievable! I’m very fortunate I made the decision to go when I did. I’m grateful; it allowed me a second chance at life.

What would you say to other IAFF members considering treatment?

If you are even considering it, that answers the question: you need to go. If you or anyone you know may be suffering from mental illness, I highly recommend you contact the Center of Excellence and allow the unbelievable staff members the opportunity to help get the rest of your life back. It’ll be the best decision you ever make. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, treatment can be life-changing. Call the IAFF Center of Excellence to speak with one of our compassionate representatives about treatment options. Calls are free, confidential, and there is no obligation.

If you are an IAFF Center of Excellence alumnus in recovery and want to share your testimony, contact [email protected].

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