By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
But the possibility of being a firefighter did not dawn on Michael J. Calandra until late in his high school years. That’s around the time he noticed his older friends were starting fulfilling carriers as first responders, and Calandra wasted no time to follow suit thereafter.
Today, the 27-year-old is a bon-a-fide leader in not only the fire department he serves (South Padre Island FD), but a leader in the greater Laguna Madre area as well.
Listed among his activities, Calandra is the President of South Padre Island Firefighters’ Association, an organization that not only supports local firefighters, but that also spearheads various charitable endeavors throughout the year, most notably holiday donations to local families that can use the assistance.
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