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.