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Chief Michael Urquides was born and raised in the Monterey County Regional Fire District on a small ranch in the Old Stage Road area. His family roots have been traced back eight generations within Monterey County. His passion of being a firefighter was created by taking a firefighter class offered through the Regional Occupation Program (ROP) at Salinas High School his senior year.
Division Chief David Sargenti was born and raised in an agriculturally based family within the Salinas Valley. At an early age, he dreamed of becoming a firefighter and of helping people. His first exposure to the fire service was through ride-a-longs in Southern California with his cousin’s engine company.
Division Chief Ron Lemos grew up in Carmel Valley and began his fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the newly formed Mid Carmel Valley Fire District in 1976.
Division Chief Miles Schuler was raised in Carmel & Carmel Valley graduating from Carmel High School in the early 1980’s.
Division Chief Eric Ulwelling was born in Santa Clara, CA and raised in the coastal town of Santa Cruz with his parents and brother. Growing up near Monterey Bay and close to the Santa Cruz Mountains, Eric developed a lifelong interest in exploring the coastline and wilderness of California's central coast.
Deputy Fire marshal Priolo was born in upstate New York and graduated from high school and college in Clearwater, Florida. Coming from a family with two generations of Volunteer Firefighters in Upstate New York, DFM Priolo moved to California just in time for the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and joined the Monterey County Regional Fire District in 1990 as Fire Prevention Assistant.
Marisela was raised in the Salinas area. She graduated from North Salinas High School in 1994. She came to work for Monterey County Regional Fire District January 2015 after working over 20 years as an Office Manager.
Karry was raised in the Prunedale-Salinas area, where she was very involved in a local 4-H club and county fairs, softball and color guard. She graduated from North Monterey County High School in 1983 and attended Hartnell College. She came to work for Monterey County Regional Fire District in January 2008, after 25 years of banking experience as a Financial Service Representative.