Firefighter Paramedic Bradley Pierce died in the line of duty on August 6, 2000 while training for the St. Charles Fire Department’s health and wellness program. He left behind is expectant wife, Deanna, and his 19-month old son, Wyatt, who is now a young adult. Wyatt shares his experience in his studies at the University of Houston, how he reflects his father’s character and what he plans on achieving next.
Wyatt has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Bauer Honors Program of the UH Honors College and the Professional Proficiency in Accountancy Program. Both accelerated programs require advanced coursework, colloquiums and high GPAs. Wyatt managed to tackle 15 hours of course work each semester and work 20 hours per week. It is evident that dedication and hard work were key players in the successes of Wyatt’s academic career.
Preparing for a world post college is one of the life lessons Wyatt gained during his time at college, “UH is high pressure with the mantra from faculty that ‘there is no job fairy who comes when you put your diploma under your pillow.’ They drove us to join professional organizations to network as students, and to work part-time in the field we were studying. The experiences of developing real-world deliverables without step-by-step instructions were great for decision making skills.”