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Distinguished Finalist

Richard Sanchez

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Richard Sanchez, 18, of Santa Rosa, N.M., a senior at Santa Rosa High School, serves as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for his city’s fire department, and has encouraged friends to join the department, as well. He advanced from his initial role as a junior firefighter when he turned 18, has been certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and completed training in hazardous materials, blood-borne pathogens, vehicle extractions and other emergency management topics.