Pedro Figueroa, known to his friends in Frankford as Pete, was born in 1955 and grew up in Queens, New York. He enlisted in the Army in 1971 and went to Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He served in the infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, and other locations until he returned to Fort Dix where he finished up his enlistment. He was honorably discharged in 1975.
He went to work in the construction field and became a painter, which is the trade he followed all of his life. He worked in New York and New Jersey and finally came to Philadelphia and Frankford 17 years ago. He continued working but encountered some serious health issues that sidelined him.
He has struggled through the hard times with the help and support of his girlfriend, Tammy Hartenstine, who is an outreach worker at St. Marks Church in Frankford. He is an inspiration to all and is definitely still a soldier. He has made it through so many difficult health issues, and still going strong.
Pete was recently baptized at St. Mark’s Church. He speaks about his faith and how it has helped him over the years. He says: “God did for me what I didn’t do for myself.”
Pedro Figueroa—Thank you for your service!!!