Riverside, California 2021-06-11 19:35:27 –
Corpus Christi, Texas — 21-year-old Colby Cooley has had firefighters in her family and wanted to follow in their footsteps from an early age.
“When I was young, I have a picture of me in a Cub Scout costume in front of one of the fire departments here,” he said while standing next to the fire truck at the Anaville fire department. “That’s why I wanted to work in the firefighting profession.”
It is a profession where he tried to get off to a good start by taking two double-registered firefighting courses through Delmar University while he was a student at Karalen High School.
But by the time he wanted to get a job at AFD, those certificates had expired and hadn’t taken the required state exams.
So he started volunteering in the department at the age of 19, and two years later he was fully certified as a firefighter and EMT-the latter acquired just three weeks ago.
“He’s like a sponge,” said Stephanie Simmons, AFD Fire Chief. He seems to be inhaling it all. “
Cooley is currently allowed to do almost everything an average firefighter can do, but will improve his skill set by seeking advanced EMT and ultimately obtaining paramedic certification. ..
But why does he do it?
“It really only helps people. Helping people is one of the things I really wanted to do in my life, and the fire department really forgave me.”
And from that sound, he would have been doing it at a high level for a long time.
“He has a very bright future, especially in our department. He is very young and still has a lot to learn. But he is very pleased to learn it.”
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