EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer recognized in Arizona's 18 under 18
Posted on 04/18/2018
EVIT Fire Science and Queen Creek High School student recognized for his leadership in Arizona's 18 under 18 presented by Junior Achievement and the Arizona Republic.Congratulations to EVIT Fire Science student and Queen Creek High School senior Christopher Whitmeyer for being recognized in Arizona's 18 under 18 presented by Junior Achievement and the Arizona Republic.

The list featuring Christopher and other Arizona youth leaders can be found here: https://pages.azcdigital.com/18under18_juniorachievement/

EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer

EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer running

When Christopher has an idea, he not only completes it – he also finds people to work with him. A senior at Queen Creek High School, Christopher is enrolling in the Fire Science program at Mesa Community College to become a firefighter.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to help people,” he said. “You always need someone to lean on. I figured, why not be that person to fulfill that purpose?” Christopher’s mission is personal. As a child, he couldn’t look to his father as a positive role model. He wanted to live an honorable life of service. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Christopher organized a blood drive for Queen Creek. He planned it, advertised it, and scheduled appointments – requiring a second trailer to show up. He ended up collecting 106 percent more than his goal.“I put a lot of years into scouting, and it meant a lot to see all our donors show up that day,” he said.

EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer, drill activity

EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer suits up

He’s also getting other students interested in firefighting. As a participant in the EVIT Fire Science program, Christopher leads a high school squad that is in training to become professional firefighters. “I’ve always looked at firefighters as those who help people out the most,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being one of those people.” 

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? Hopefully I’ll be well accomplished with my job, and well established in the department. I won’t be a newcomer anymore, and I’ll be starting a family.  

EVIT Fire Science student Christopher Whitmeyer

Who’s your biggest inspiration? Two people – my mom and my granddad. My mom always showed me that hard work will get you far. My granddad showed me about responsibility and taking care of your family. 

What’s the best advice you’ve received? Never stop learning, keep training and keep learning. In the fire service, it’s always changing. You always have to be learning. 

This article was originally published as Arizona's 18 under 18 by Junior Achievement and Arizona Republic, Apr. 2018. Republished with permission.

EVIT Fire Science student recognized for leadership in 18 under 18

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