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Firefighter with Learning Disability turns Author

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Santos Vallejo is a South Texas man that grew up with a learning disability. He was told that he would only become a janitor and that he would not amount to anything. Growing up he had to deal with teachers making him clean after class, bullying in school because he could not read, and having to be put in separate classes because of his learning disability. 

Santos worked to mow lawns, worked at Taco Bell, and worked numerous jobs at once just to make money. He was also in fear that he would be fired because of his disability, so he kept different jobs just in case something would not work out. 

He knew he wanted to help people and after finding some success in retail and customer service, he decided to try and become a firefighter. He did not have high hopes, but he figured he could at least try. He ended up ranking 5th on the firefighter exam. That was when he found his calling.

During his time as a firefighter he found that he saved people and helped them in many ways imaginable. Santos also knew that there are many children that have had the same disabilities that he had growing up, and he wanted to help them gain that confidence to overcome the fear of not being good enough for anything. 

Santos decided to write a book, which turned into a children's book. His first book dealt with his disability and how he had to combat certain struggles just in school. The second book shows how he was bullied in school and in the workforce. The third, depicts his journey becoming a fireman and how children can become a fireman too. 

Santos Vallejo has toured around the southern region of Texas to show what his books are all about, "The stuff that I do is to just give back to the community, I don't look to gain anything out of it, it's just to motivate others to achieve their dreams and their goals."

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