Angel Castro

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, February 28th
After getting burned on the job, a Ventura County Firefighter has turned tragedy into inspiration helping under-privileged kids in Southern California. 

Here's the KNX Hero of the Week:

When the winds shifted during a canyon firefight, Angel Castro was caught in the flames. He suffered second and third degree burns over 40 percent of his body, and spent three months at a burn treatment center. 

"I was fortunate to survive, you know," says Castro . 

During treatment, Angel says he met several young people who were struggling themselves some who had suffered burns at the hands of their own family members.

Angel realized that even though his career as a firefighter was over, he still wanted to help people. So Angel began helping people in need in the streets, starting as a missionary in Southern California.

He then went back to school, and became a drug and alcohol counselor and began working with at-risk juveniles.

His work led him to Dignity Health, and St. Bernadine's Family Focus Center in San Bernardino.

There he sees about 60 young people a day.

The 71-year-old says he was a troubled kid after his own parents died at a young age, but with the help of role models, he was able to turn his life around.  And now he uses his experiences to connect with the youth in a special way.

In fact, to many at the center, Angel has become a father figure.

"I am someone that is consistent in their life," says Castro. 

Angel truly is an angel, and a hero, to so many people. 

We are proud to name Angel Castro as the KNX Hero of the Week!

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Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio.