Mike is a medically retired firefighter/paramedic from Orange County, CA. His interest in aviation was fostered while attending airshows as a child. Those experiences led him to join the U.S. Coast Guard, where he became an Aviation Survival Technician. In 2005, he deployed to New Orleans, LA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where he received the Air Medal for his rescue efforts. Upon his retirement from the fire service in October 2018, he decided to focus his energy full time on photography; a longtime hobby of his. Mike is currently a Digital Photography Major (online) at Arizona State University.