"I love my job because there is a sense of pride that comes from knowing you’re there to help the community through thick and thin. There’s also a genuine feeling of comradery within the fire service. It feels more like you’re at work with your own family because you all share a common interest in helping people out.



I have an American Stafford named Diamond. She’s always full of energy and is strong enough to knock over anybody who isn’t expecting it. I love all different breeds of bullies because I feel like people often judge them based on the negative things they see and hear. But they’re just like any other dog breed. They just want love and companionship.



The thing I love most about dogs is that they don’t care where you come from or what you’ve been through. As long as they’re by your side, they’re the most loyal and caring companion you can have. And if you make a big scene around them, even if they don’t know what’s going on, they’ll get all excited too so they’re always ready to party!"


Our thanks and appreciation to Rolando for appearing in the 2019 Red White & Rescue Calendar and for serving our community!

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Rolando De Leon, Firefighter/EMT, Katy Fire Department

Years in Uniform: 1

Pictured with Chester, available for adoption at Special Pals