CPFTA - Chicago Police and Firefighter Academy

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy

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Stories and Testimonials

A Quick Note (Testimonial)

We just wanted to say how impressed we are with your efforts and sincerity. Tonight we attended our second CPFTA parents meeting. We see how well you have mentored Francesco, and we appreciate your help in raising him with honor, values, and discipline. As sure as we are of you and the program, attending these meetings and hearing you speak reassures us he is in good hands. We appreciate the opportunity to have him learn from you. Thank you for all you do, and for talking to the Cadets like we (parents) do, and treating them like we would, or at least like parents should. We appreciated that you pointed out they are going to college (not us), and that no one asked for a book. We had just nudged him to do both, and your timing was perfect. It truly does take a village. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help ensure the future of this great program, and you part in it.

It Is truly our honor to have had our son accepted in the CPFTA program, and to have watched him thrive as a result of your knowledge, and sincere dedication and effort. When you got him he was a nice boy, and you are giving him back to us as an ethical, responsible, and capable young man, with new and expanded insights to life. We are proud that you love having him in your program, and are grateful for such a compliment. We are very proud of him, credit all of you with helping us guide him to where he is today, and look forward with great anticipation to where he is going. We truly believe that if more kids were exposed to your program, in time, the world could be a much happier, safer, and better place. Please keep up the great work, and please know we salute you, the staff responsible for the success of the CPFTA program.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts.

Antonia Busano & Tony Caira (Class of 2014 Parents)


I. Navarro, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2001

I was in one of the first CPFTA classes. I attended the last two years of highschool and my site was Kelly High School. I had to take a bus to Kelly High School after I finished my classes at Kennedy and it was well worth it. The program provided a paid internship during the summer and even provided work for us during our college years. Two years of my college was paid for in full by the program. I went on to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic), Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic) and an EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatcher).

I thank each and every person who started this program from the bottom of my heart because it made me who I am today. This program prepared me for life and the real world. My future plans are to attend Nursing School. God Bless everyone who made this program possible.

To the future CPFTA Cadets: Be prepared for the adventure of your life, you will hold the memories of this program forever in your heart.

To the Parents of future CPFTA Cadets: This program is excellent preparation for future EMT's, Paramedics, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, and anyone who wants to experience a military based program. This program taught me true discipline, dedication, loyalty and so many other life lessons. This program will not disappoint you or your child.

I. Navarro
CPFTA Cadet Class of 2001, Kennedy High School

Aaron Ambroziak: CPFTA Class of 2012 : Summer Internship

I had the opportunity to work with one of your candidates names Aaron Ambroziak, during the summer internship program. I would like you to know what a pleasure this young man was to work with. He was always on time, prompt and eagar to learn everything that was going on. He came with a strong knowledge of firefighting due to having multiple family members who are firefighters and excellent role models for this young man. Aaron was always excited and asked multiple questions. Aaron volunteered to stay beyond the scheduled hours in order to gain first hand experience with the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) equipment, functions and operations.

Aaron displayed great leadership qualities. I have no doubt that Aaron will continue in the tradition of becoming the next generation of firefighters that will make a significant impact in the world. He already has his college plans in motion and will let nothing stop him. The Chicago Fire Department can look to hire this young man in the next five years. When the Chicago Fire Department does, please direct Aaron back to District Three Headquarters. It would be a pleasure and an honor to have Aaron as one of our member.

Lieutenant Leslie Muse
District Three Headquarters, Chicago Fire Department

Joseph Rodriguez; Von Steuben High School, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2008

I am going to be taking the Fire Academy test on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. I really feel good about the program as a whole so far. I got a strong vibe from everyone who is helping to run the program this year. I feel that you all have a lot to offer and I'm going to make the best of every opportunity that the program offers me. Thank you to everyone who is a part of the program.

Joseph Rodriguez, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2008
Von Steuben High School

Irene Mendez; Kelly High School, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2008

I wanted to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to help others for such a good cause.

Irene Mendez, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2008
Kelly High School

John Scheinpflug, CPFTA Instructor 2008

This program gives these teenagers a priceless opportunity. It is really a dishonor that more politicians/ community leaders do not back this outstanding chance for advancement. I have such a respect for these kids. Some get up early for sports programs, some find ways to make up practices, some have jobs, but all of these cadets have very long days for the first three days of the week. They must find time for homework, responsibility, and recreation. They make some tough decisions and even tougher commitments. In the end, it is a great feeling to watch these high school kids become young adults. I believe in this program, what it stands for, and enjoy working with the others who support it. I am proud to say that I am involved with the CPFTA program.

John Scheinpflug, CPFTA Instructor 2008

Sally Nochowitz, former CPFTA Site Coordinator

This program is the jewel in the crown of ETC programs. The opportunity to work with Chicago’s Finest is a treat in itself. The daily opportunities make this program rich for each student. They may not meet the criteria for the Police or Fire Departments, but they will be a better citizen of the City of Chicago for being involved with this program.

Sally Nochowitz, former CPFTA Site Coordinator

Nicholas Chow, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2007

I recently passed the Illinois State Paramedic exam. I would like to thank Commander Perry for all the advice and guidance he has given me over the three or so years we have known each other. If at all possible, I would love to come back and talk to the new cadets about career options and the importance of capitalizing on an amazing opportunity like the CPFTA.

Nicholas Chow, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2007

Oscar E. Torres, CPFTA Cadet

The Lansing Police Department called me back Monday night offering me a police officer job. I get sworn in December 18, 2007 and I start the academy January 3, 2008. I will have to delay my graduation from Lewis University until next year but I think I shouldn’t pass up this great opportunity. I hope all is well and wanted to thank you for everything you taught me. You are a great teacher and a role model. I think you are doing a wonderful job with the cadets and the young adults.

Oscar E. Torres, CPFTA Cadet

Nora Valdez, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2006

I graduated from the CPFTA Program in 2005 and went to Washington College for a year. I didn’t really like college so joined the army as an infantryman. I am now serving overseas in Bayji, Iraq. I’m doing a 15-month deployment. I will come home on December 21, 2008. Wish me luck!

Nora Valdez, CPFTA Cadet Class of 2006

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