"Vail Firefighter Featured On 'The Bachelorette'
Ryan Sutter Says Trista Is 'Beautiful'"

The Denver Channel / ABC 7 News, 8 January 2003

A local firefighter stepped into the national spotlight Thursday night to compete for one woman's affections against two dozen other guys.

Ryan Sutter (pictured, left and below), a 28-year-old part time snowboarder and full-time Vail firefighter, said he's nervous about watching "The Bachelorette," not for himself, but to see how he looks to his friends and family in Vail.

He spent more than a month in Los Angeles filming the show last year.

And while he can't give any specifics about dates with Trista Rehn, the bachelorette, or if he made the final cut, he could talk about the overall experience.

"I think the most bizarre thing was getting used to the attention — always being recorded and having cameras all over the place and trying to act natural knowing that there's going to be a lot of people watching," Sutter told 7NEWS.

For the record, he says Trista is a beautiful, intelligent woman.

He made quite an impression on her when, on the first night, he wrote her a poem. One line read: "May the night bring sweet dreams and the morning blue skies."

Besides being a poet, he is quite an athlete.

Sutter was a football player at Fort Collins High School and played football as a walk-on at the University of Colorado, where he earned a degree in architecture. He also played for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and then for NFL Europe.

And for all you ladies out there, when asked if he was still single, he said, he couldn't say.

He had to sign a $5 million confidentiality agreement about the show which keeps him from saying anything.

However, when asked about his experience and if he would do it again, it doesn't sound as if he was the final man chosen.

"I wouldn't do it again, to be honest with you. I was really happy that I did it this one time. I learned alot about myself, met some great people and had a good time but I wouldn't do it again," he told 7NEWS.

But he may have few dating worries. A lot of fellow firefighters say several local women have already called or come to the fire station asking about him.

For those ladies — take solace. We get to see more of him next week, now that he's made the first cut and moves on to the next round.

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