Photo of Michael RipollMichael Ripoll is originally from New York, and relocated to the Charlotte, NC area 10 years ago. Michael retired from the NYC Fire Department and teaches curriculum at Central Piedmont CC in their Fire Protection Technology program. He is pursuing a long awaited desire to earn his master’s degree. He is at the midway point in his GLS studies, and is looking forward to the day he earns his graduate degree. Michael has been married for 25 years and has four wonderful children. He is an avid runner and enjoys participating in 5K races in his community.