Since the age of Two, Los Angeles has been the home to Miguel Angel Meza. The son of two Peruvian immigrants, Meza's father served in the U.S. Army. Raised by his Mother and Grandmother, they taught him about service and dedication. His mother also taught him to be polite and respectful. An athlete in high school, Meza learned about the value of the team concept, which was a factor for his career choice as a Firefighter.
Meza was mentored by Firefighters in his teenage years while volunteering as a Fire Explorer. He received an associate degree in Fire Science from El Camino College in June of 1998. He also received a bachelor's degree in emergency services management from Union Institute and University in August of 2020.
A twenty-year veteran of the LAFD, he has served the citizens in the Downtown, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and the Harbor area of Los Angeles. He is currently assigned to fire station 60 in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles. He has served in the capacity of a Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, and Fire Captain.
Meza is passionate about mentoring the youth and those in the hiring process to become a firefighter. He has served as an instructor and drillmaster at the Harbor Youth Fire Program for over 11 years. His passion was recognized and has served as the department's youth program coordinator responsible for four youth programs.
Meza not only serves the citizens of Los Angeles but the department as well. He serves in the department's honor guard cadre, peer fitness cadre, recruitment cadre, green cell cadre, entry-level interview cadre, pre-background cadre, and the Union's peer support cadre.
In November of 2015, Meza received the Medal of Valor- the highest award a firefighter may receive for his efforts to save victims of a vehicle that drove into the port of Los Angeles. He has received Congressional recognition and nominated firefighter of the year from the Rotary club.
Married to his wife Simona of 12 years, Meza has two children. He supports his wife's efforts of homeschooling their children. He recognizes how important family is in his life. His life verse is Proverbs 27:17 – "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
Faith, Family, Fire service