BRAVO! Brooklyn! Firefighter Jose Cordero

Jose Cordero says he wanted to be a firefighter since he was 7 years old, when he saw rescuers save an elderly woman from his

Jose Cordero says he wanted to be a firefighter since he was 7 years old, when he saw rescuers save an elderly woman from his burning apartment building.

Jose Cordero says he wanted to be a firefighter since he was 7 years old, when he saw rescuers save an elderly woman from his burning apartment building. (7/14/16)

BROOKLYN - Jose Cordero says he wanted to be a firefighter since he was 7 years old, when he saw rescuers save an elderly woman from his burning apartment building.

He joined the FDNY in 2007 and has been featured in the department's famous calendar four times.

But when he's not at the firehouse in Canarsie, he has another job teaching fitness classes at a gym he co-founded in Bay Ridge.

"I actually broke my knee a few years back," he explains. "As I was home recuperating, I was watching the 'Biggest Loser.' And I saw that there were a lot of people out there who needed help. And a lot of them don't feel comfortable going to gyms. So I promised myself once I felt better, I would go to the parks with my best friend, and we would help the people in the community."

After recovering, he says he began training people free of charge until launching BA Academy in 2013.

And in Cordero's free time, he is a guest speaker at schools across the city.

"When I was a kid, I would have loved for a firefighter to come to my school or wave at me while they were in the truck," he says. "I have the opportunity to maybe help a kid out."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A nor'easter is making its way to the 1 Forecasters: 1 to 3 inches of rain possible on Monday
A press conference was held in Downtown Brooklyn 2 VIDEO: El Chapo extradited and arraigned in Brooklyn
Police have made an arrest in connection with 3 Police arrest man accused of hiding body parts at Hunts Point waste station
4 Neighborhood Brief for Jan. 22
Kilusan Bautista once lived in Crown Heights until 5 NYC man's show puts spotlight on gentrification

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE