After graduating high school, Henry Yanez became a machine tool electrician and was a member of the UAW and IBEW. In 1985, Henry heard became a member of the Troy volunteer fire department. He went on to become an emergency medical technician. Then, in 1995 Henry became a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Sterling Heights. He is a proud member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1557. Henry is active in local politics and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and 2008.