Engineer Michael Burkey was born in a farmhouse in San Miguel California in 1977. His father delivered him as planned on April 2. He was the last of four children, which included two older brothers and one older sister. He grew up on the Central Coast of California and went to school here all the way through high school. He attended one of the last one-room schoolhouses in California, Pleasant Valley Elementary School and graduated from Atascadero High School in 1996. He then moved to San Diego California and obtained his EMT certification in 1997 from Miramar College and began working for East County Fire Protection District as a Firefighter/EMT. He continued through school and worked for various ambulance agencies in San Diego County before relocating back to San Luis Obispo County where he continued his EMS career with San Luis Ambulance. He became a Paramedic with San Luis Ambulance in 2004, after attending N.C.T.I., in Milpitas, Ca. During his time at SLAS, he obtained his ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS Instructor and began teaching at the Cuesta College Paramedic Program, which he still does today. He became a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in 2009 with Selma City Fire Department. In 2010, he became a full-time employee with the Cambria Community Healthcare District. In 2011, he became a Reserve Firefighter with Cambria Fire Department. He obtained his Engineer qualification in June 2016. In 2009, he married his amazing wife Diane and soon after, bought a home in Paso Robles, California, where he still resides.