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#SincePruSpirit │Youth firefighter Edgardo Barreto, 2005

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Edgardo Barreto as Puerto Rico’s top high school volunteer (left). Today (right), his work supports public safety agencies across the commonwealth.

In high school, Edgardo Barreto organized a four-hour earthquake drill at his school. He’d learned the importance of emergency preparedness while serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Puerto Rico Fire Department. So when he heard that his school had never held an earthquake drill, he decided to lead the way. We named him Puerto Rico’s top high school volunteer of 2005 for his efforts.

Edgardo served as a volunteer firefighter for 13 years, an experience he credits with laying the groundwork for his current career. Today, the Bayamon, Puerto Rico resident is a homeland security and emergency operations communications specialist. After several years running his own consultancy – working on projects from grant-writing to developing a security plan for the Central American and Caribbean Games Mayaguez -- he now works as a business specialist for a company that provides critical systems to public safety agencies.

“I have fun and I am able to do what I am passionate about, saving people’s lives, with the equipment and services [the company] provides to public safety agencies in Puerto Rico,” Edgardo said.

For more updates on past Spirit of Community honorees, visit our alumni page.