Brad “BT” Tendall was born and raised in a small rural town in Iowa. His service in the fire department began at a young age, as a little boy following in his dad’s footsteps. Once BT was old enough to officially join the Nevada Fire Department, he stayed there for 24 years and served with his family. Upon his passing, Brad was promoted from captain to assistant chief.
Brad’s life can easily be defined by his investments. He worked as an engineer in his county, but this was secondary to his true passions. BT invested his heart and soul into his 20-year marriage to his best friend and into the lives of their two boys, ages 11 and 13. He was, without a doubt, a family man. One of his favorite things to do was to instill his passions for hunting, camping, building, and serving others into his sons. And like him, his boys grew up in the fire service. They are both members of the same fire department, and when they reach the required age, they will carry on in their dad’s fire boots within their community.
BT leaves a legacy of authenticity. He had a servant’s heart and invested his time into training the next generation. He was more than a friend; he was a brother. Brad was a master at fixing and building things and was often found helping friends, neighbors, and strangers. Brad was someone worthy of being looked up to, but he never positioned himself above others. Everyone who knew BT will carry with them memories of an irreplaceable soul, memories of a man who loved well, lived well, and served well. The weight of his loss will be felt for lifetimes, and the gifts he has given to others will be handed down for generations.