It is with deepest sympathy and regret that we announce the death of Cape Coral Fire Engineer/Driver Michael Camelo, Jr. The morning of May 30, Engineer Camelo was transported to the hospital with symptoms of a brain aneurysm . To our great sadness, on May 31 at 2:52pm, surrounded by his friends and family and with members of the Cape Coral Fire Department standing vigil, Engineer Camelo succumbed to the effects of the aneurysm.
Engineer Camelo began his career as a firefighter with the Cape Coral Fire Department on February 27, 2006. On February 10, 2018 he was promoted to Fire Engineer/Driver. He was a Paramedic, a Hazardous Materials Technician, a Public Safety Boat Operator, a member of the Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention Team, and served on the Honor Guard.
Engineer Camelo was committed to continuing his education and ensuring he stayed apprised of advancements in the fire service. He received an A.S. in Fire Service from Columbia Southern University in 2017. He had his Fire Officer I, Fire Safety Inspector I, Instructor I, and Live Fire Training Instructor I certifications. Most recently he was the recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, IN in April.
Engineer Camelo’s enthusiasm for training had reaches far beyond the Cape Coral Fire Department. He was a Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, teaching countless citizens the lifesaving procedure of CPR. He was a beloved instructor for the Cape Coral Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and, since 2013, was an instructor at the Fort Myers Fire Academy.
While these are all impressive accomplishments, Engineer Camelo was, most importantly, a Brother. Engineer Camelo genuinely cared about the community and his fellow Brothers and Sisters. All of us are deeply saddened by his untimely death. This is not only a great loss to the CCFD and his family, but to the entire Southwest Florida community.
Engineer Camelo leaves behind two children, his daughter Anna, 5, and his son Michael Camelo III, 3. Any received donations will go toward their future.