Raised in Southern California, I did trade jobs like construction mechanic. Though firefighting wasn’t in my plans, attending the Ventura Training Center changed everything. It’s given me a bright future for my boys and filled me with pride. Despite past mistakes and incarceration, I seized the chance to become a professional firefighter after serving as an inmate firefighter. The bonds with my fellow firefighters are unparalleled—I’d lay down my life for them. Now, I’m set to start as a inspector in Monterey’s B unit, a step toward my goal of joining Cal Fire.