Tom was born on Janurary 3‚ 1989 in San Mateo‚ California. He grew up in Hayward‚ California. From his first memory of hearing the siren of a fire engine‚ his lifelong goal was to be a firefighter.
While still a child‚ he played Little League baseball at a field across from his home. He was the star catcher on most of his baseball teams.
Tom was also a Boy Scout and loved to go camping. ‘The worse the weather‚ the better the memory’ was one of his favorite Boy Scout sayings.
Tom graduated from James Logan High School in Union City‚ California. While a student‚ he was a member of the Water Polo Team and was voted Most Valuable Player in his senior year.
When he was fourteen‚ he was old enough to join the Fremont Fire Explorer Program. During this time‚ he participated in three Firefighter Combat Challenges and put himself through EMT training.
When he was eighteen‚ he joined the U.S. Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter and was stationed in the rural town of Adin‚ in Modoc County‚ California. When he was not on duty with the Forest Service‚ Tom was busy with the Adin Fire Protection District as a volunteer. Whenever he found time to come home‚ he rarely stayed. He continued to be busy with the Fremont Fire Explorers‚ but this time as an Advisor. Whenever he found or made time‚ he was an assistant instructor of Fire Science at the Mission Valley ROP in Fremont.
Tom enjoyed listening to country-western music‚ spending time with his best friends‚ doing target practice‚ and was an outstanding son‚ brother and loyal friend.
Tom was a giving person. He always gave of himself to help others‚ whether it was fighting a fire‚ rescuing someone‚ or just helping a stranded motorist along the highway.