FDNY High School Alumnus Makes History
FDNY Probationary Firefighter Tristan Echols is the second Firefighter from the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety.
When he walked across the stage on June 3 to become one of 286 Probationary Firefighters to graduate from the Fire Academy, FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety alumnus Tristan Echols also became the second FDNY Firefighter from the high school.
Marking a place in his alma mater’s history has been a great experience for Echols, who bid farewell to the high school in 2008 as a member of its first graduating class. Attending the high school, he explained, helped him to learn about the importance of teamwork, safety, service, perseverance, compassion and many other important values. In addition, he said, the high school helped him to start considering different career paths at an early age.
“I loved being a student at the high school, because it was like being a part of a family,” said Echols, who also served as an FDNY EMT at Station 40 in Brooklyn for four years. “The instructors there really go above and beyond to teach you about why this career is so important and being a student there really motivated me to want to work for the FDNY.”
Echols is now serving as one of New York’s Bravest at Engine 231 in Brooklyn. He aspires to become the Department’s Fire Commissioner in the future.
“Being an FDNY Firefighter is the greatest job in the world, because we get to help people each day and help make the communities we serve a better place,” Echols said. “Working in this Department has been a great life experience for me.”