| January, 2021 Student Highlight
Aldo Alvarez, Newman, California
Dean: How old are you Aldo and where do you live?
Aldo: I am 42 years old and live in Newman, CA.
Dean: Why do you want to be a firefighter and what draws you to the fire service?
Aldo: The reason why I want to become a firefighter stems from childhood. I was raised in a household that taught us to make the correct moral decisions and make a positive difference in people’s lives. Being a firefighter enables me to make an impact on my community. Being a firefighter also permits me to work alongside some of the most highly trained, motivated, professionals and compassionate men and women.
Dean: What is your biggest accomplishment up to this point in your life?
Aldo: One of my greatest accomplishments has been to be a part of my mother's life as she got diagnosed with Alzheimer's. First, to learn that my mom was slowly going to lose her memory and not be able to function and live her life as I knew her, was devastating. Second, to be with her as she began to not make sense, as she began to confuse where she was or whom she lived with was also overwhelming. Third, to realize that her last days may be on her bed, not wanting to eat and having to watch her wither away was mortifying. Despite the harsh reality of having to lose my mom to this awful disease, I kept deciding I was not going to give up, she was not going to live through this struggle on her own. My mom taught me how to be resilient and to persevere.
Dean: What are some hobbies and interests you enjoy?
Aldo: Working with and training horses is my favorite hobby. It is humbling being alongside such a magnificent, powerful and therapeutic animal.
Dean: What kinds of volunteer/community service do you enjoy participating in?
Aldo: I have been a volunteer for the Newman Fire Department for three years. I enjoy every minute of it. Being a volunteer gives me an opportunity to challenge myself on a daily basis as well as make a positive difference in people’s lives.
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