In November 2018, Mike was one of the first to respond to the call about a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. What he arrived to find was absolute chaos and tragedy as he saw all the young adults and teenagers who had been injured or worse.
Mike responded quickly and professionally by assisting patients and bringing people to safety. He even cared for one of his longtime friends and a fellow first responder who happened to be there and had been injured. While the scene was horrifying, Mike put his feelings aside enough so that he could help as many people as he could. Most EMS workers hope to never face a situation like this one, and his peers commend him for the diligence and strength that he showed that night.
Just days later, despite how hard he had worked and the trauma he had endured, Mike was back in the field helping to save lives during the disastrous wildfires in the area, even after his own family had to evacuate. Mike claims that there was no time to take a day off when his community needed him most.