Jeffrey Carbullido - Fire Service

CarbullidoFrom combat to college

Student veteran Jeffrey Carbullido said enlisting in the U.S. Marines was the best decision he's ever made. Even though he wanted to attend college following graduation from Rogers High School in 2006, he didn't know what he wanted to study, didn't have any funds, and lacked transportation. "I walked into the Marines recruiting office and I was hooked," he said.  

"I did four years with the Marines and was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. I was released from active-duty in January 2011," said Jeffrey, who was a machine gun operator while overseas.  

In November 2011, he enrolled in Bates' Fire Service program. "I chose Bates because I heard that this program was a good way to become a firefighter," he said, adding that the fire chief instructors are great at helping students work toward their goals.  

After a full day of fire service training, which begins at 6:30 a.m., Jeffrey heads to work. He gets home at around 1 a.m., fits in any studying, and wakes up at 5 a.m. to start the day all over again.   "It's tough and tiring, but the way I see it, it's what keeps me going. This is what I want, and I will do whatever it takes to become a firefighter and get hired on at a department," he said.

The 25-year-old credits his life experiences, including his enlisted time, his father's influence during his upbringing, and his time at the college, with helping him to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a firefighter. "If you want something, fight for it. Be patient and keep fighting for it," said Jeffrey.