From the City of Apopka

On Sunday Apopka firefighters presented Armando Borjas Jr. educational scholarships to two Apopka High School students – Xavier Spry and William Ayala – to attend firefighting school.

The scholarships are supported from proceeds of the firefighters’ annual Armando Borjas Jr. Golf Tournament. Borjas served in the Marines for seven years and with the Apopka Fire Department for 14 years before his death in 2013 from esophageal cancer. He was 39 years old.

Spry and Ayala – both Apopka fire explorers – also will participate in this year’s Apopka Youth Works summer career education program. They are among the first students to take part in a progressive new, tuition-free training program that will make them nationally certified emergency medical technicians by the end of this summer.

After earning their EMT certification, they will need to attend a firefighting course to complete their education and to be eligible to work with a fire department. The Armando Borjas Jr. scholarship will pay for that part of their necessary training.

Congratulations and best of luck to Spry and Ayala.

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