Joe was raised mostly by a single mother in Albany Park, Sauganash and Jefferson Park neighborhoods of Chicago’s Northwest side, Joe’s mother worked hard to make ends meet by waitressing. Joe and his brother and sister looked out for each other with the help of their aunts and uncles. Growing up, Joe’s role models were all public servants. Joe’s uncle was a police officer. Joe also had an uncle that served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Watching their services to the city and country inspired Joe to dedicate his life to public service.
In 1998 Joe graduated from Lane Tech high school and then went on to trade school to be a carpenter. As a union journeyman carpenter with Local 58, Joe worked mainly on residential units. Joe built homes in our neighborhood near Milwaukee and Kostner. On September 11th, 2001 Joe heard his call to public service and joined the United States Army.