Andrew McFerrin is from Clovis, California. He joined the U.S. Army when he was a junior in high school. Now in his 11th year with the California National Guard, Andrew is a three-tour combat veteran. He joined the Veterans Green Jobs wildland firefighting program in April 2012, just one month after returning from his third tour. He was hired for the California Conservation Corps in Placerville, California. The day after his U.S. Forest Service training ended, he was hired as a firefighter on an Engine 33 with the El Dorado National Forest.