MVROP Fire Technology Student Killed in Car Accident


Date:  May 13, 2019

FREMONT, CA- In the very early hours on Saturday morning Washington High School student and Mission Valley ROP (MVROP) Fire Technology Program student, Armando Canales, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Highway 17 while returning from a day at the beach with friends. Armando was killed and the three other teenagers in the vehicle were hospitalized for their injuries. The drunken driver was arrested on tentative charges of felony drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter after being released from the hospital according to the California Highway Patrol.  

Armando was an active and well-liked student in the MVROP Fire Technology Program. According to both of his Fire Technology Instructors, “Armando was a presence in the Fire Technology class. Known for his signature beaming smile and bushy hair, he was always willing to help the other students. His strong positive presence will be missed.” 

During the upcoming Public Services Programs’ Memorial Day Ceremony, scheduled for this Thursday, May 16th, the program will honor Armando. Additionally, to honor the loss of their fellow student, the Fire Technology class has placed his firefighting gear at his assigned classroom seat, where it will remain throughout the remainder of the school year. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Armando Canales' passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” MVROP Superintendent Hanson shared. He went on to say, “It is difficult for us to grasp this loss as we focus on assisting students and staff who are trying deal with this terrible news.” 

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the Washington High School flagpole. 

About Mission Valley ROP

Mission Valley ROP (MVROP) is the regional occupational program for the Tri-City area.  Established in 1969, MVROP has been instrumental in preparing students for successful business, medical, and technical careers. Through a partnership with Fremont, New Haven, and Newark Unified School Districts, Career Technical Education (CTE) is provided to nearly 4,000 students (high school and adult) each year. Visit MVROP’s website at, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages for more information about CTE.




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