Submitted by his mother
Thomas W. Kickler
Assistant Chief Batesville Fire Department‚ Greer‚ SC
Volunteer Firefighter with Laurens County and City Fire Departments‚ SC
Thomas was born Dec. 8‚ 1963 a preemie weighting in at 3lbs. However it did not take him long to become a very active strong and inquisitive little boy and soon became known as ‘Tom the Bomb.’
Tom had many personalities. He loved hats. Any hat he had on he became that character. His first was an Air Force member like his brother Ken who served during the Vietnam War. When Tom was 6 his father became a volunteer firefighter with the local department in Penn Hills a suburb of Pittsburgh Pa. where we lived. This was his first desire to be a firefighter. He would ride to the fire hall with his father and wait till he returned from the fire.