Community involvement has been something that was embedded into Andrew growing up. When Andrew turned 15, he joined the Los Angeles County Explorer program. He met multiple times a month at Fire Station 32 in Azusa to train, work on projects and go on calls. From helping residents fill sandbags during storms, to collecting donations for muscular dystrophy with the “Fill the Boot” program, to setting up for events like “Relay For Life.” It was during this time where he had the opportunity to work with Mayor Joe Rocha. Together, they planted trees that turned Azusa into a “Tree City USA.” Andrew was able to log an average of 36 volunteer hours a month.
While going on 911 calls, Andrew learned the ins and outs of how a Fire Department worked in the real world, and some of the issues they faced. He was able to work hand in hand with the Azusa Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. This training gave him a thorough understanding of what services our community truly needed. He exited the program at 22 years old, having received multiple awards, including the Explorer of the Year.