BORN LEADER: Rotary Club honors SPI firefighter

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SPI firefighter Michael J. Calandra is pictured accepting an award from the Port Isabel Rotary Club for “outstanding service and dedication.” (Staff photos by Ray Quiroga)

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

SPI firefighter1Virtually every child dreams of being either a fireman, police officer or both.

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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