In January 2017, Andrea Marrero-Massa '18 decided to help her community in a very active way. She joined the Charles County fire department as a volunteer firefighter. This is not as easy as it may sound, as the process is lengthy, at times physically strenuous, and requiring a commitment that only those passionate about service to the community would only understand.
Spending a minimum of nine hours per week since January, learning to become a firefighter, was no easy feat considering she also worked 100 service hours for the Holy Cross Service program during her Junior year. This summer, as part of the comprehensive training and education requirements for emergency services and to complete the Firefighter 1 course, Andrea spent three weeks, six days per week at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in La Plata, MD. Andrea passed the course and is on her way to continue providing an important service to her community.
Congratulations to Andrea for passing the course and we encourage her to continue her efforts and desire to give back to her community!