Otto Regenhard was born on August 25, 1973. He was raised
in Co-op City, Bronx, New York, and received his elementary
education there. One of his earliest aspirations was to become
a fire dog or a fire horse when he grew up, so the family
was relieved when, in the second grade, his IQ was tested,
and he scored a 146. After this, he was enrolled in a special
program for Talented and Gifted children. Despite his natural
abilities, he managed to graduate from The Bronx High School
of Science by the skin of his teeth, having spent a large
percentage of his time in Harris Field (a well-known field
to the students for passing the time out of class).
after graduation in 1991, he and close friend Kyre Osborn
embarked upon a three-month journey to Mexico and Central
America. This was the beginning of a decade-long passion for
Latin America's people, culture and language. One year later
Christian surprised family and friends when he enlisted in
the United States Marine Corps for five years.
his career in the Marines, Christian distinguished himself
by excelling in everything that he undertook. He mastered
a dozen specialized training courses, and was the recipient
of twelve medals and awards for excellence.
continuing travels took him from California to the Middle
East, Africa, South East Asia, China and Japan. He made a
point of visiting the historical sites, zoos and museums of
each country, and often brought back beautiful artwork, jewelry
or stones for himself as well as family and friends.
having attained the rank of Sergeant, Christian was discharged
from the U.S.M.C. in August, 1997 after five years of honorable
service. He then moved to San Francisco, and attended San
Francisco State University. During this time, he studied art,
language and writing, both in school and independently. While
pursuing his love of rock climbing, he traveled
throughout the United States as well as to South
America, France and Spain.
extensive travels and adventures in 22 countries around the
world, Christian encountered many brushes with catastrophes,
including tornadoes, blizzards, and hostile situations. During
it all, he remained invincible. He returned to New York City
many times to visit family and friends and to take the New
York City Fire Department test. This seemed to be the perfect
job for Christian, where he could use his brains, brawn, love
of adventure and commitment
to helping people.
and friends truly never saw him happier. When you asked him
if he liked the Fire Department of New York, he couldn't disguise
that elusive smile that came over his face.
he was in love.