F DNY Firefighter Candidate Mentorship Program Mentor Lieutenant Guillermo Hernandez and his former Mentee Engine 50 Probationary Firefighter Pedro Tejeda teamed up with the Office of Recruitment and Retention on Jan. 30 to help educate students at Aviation High School in Queens about serving as one of New York’s Bravest.
More than 1,000 high schoolers participated in our Mobile Academy Event, which enabled them to learn more about what it takes to join the largest municipal fire department in the United States. The Long Island City School is also Hernandez’s alma mater and he worked alongside his former guidance counselor Soraya Cuervo-DiGiorgio to bring our career education initiative to the school.
This collaborative effort is another example of how our brave members work each day to give back to the community and encourage the next generation of leaders to pursue careers in the FDNY.
“This was a great learning experience for the students and we’re glad they had fun as well,” Hernandez said. “This is my old high school too, so that made this visit even more special.”