Cooper Cardenas will attend Dutchess Community College
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York on June 8 awarded a Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship to Cooper R. Cardenas in a ceremony at the Continental Village Firehouse. The Walter Panas High School graduate received $1,500 for his service in the community. He was one of 15 students chosen nationwide from among 115 applicants.
Cardenas plans to attend Dutchess Community College to major in Fire Science and Occupational Health and earn certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). “My goal is to become a career firefighter in New York City or lower Westchester,” Cardenas said. “I’m also giving consideration to becoming a police officer. I just want an occupation where I can help people.”
Cardenas is a volunteer for the Continental Village Fire Department as well as the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corporation, the Peekskill Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. A year after Cardenas joined the fire department, his father wanted to be involved and also volunteered.