Tom’s fire service career began as a volunteer in a small central Pennsylvania town in 1971. He began volunteering with Harrisburg’s Engine 8 in 1974 and remained there until 1979 when he was hired by the HFD. During his career Tom worked in all of the Harrisburg Fire Bureau engine companies and also spent approximately 8 years assigned to Squad 8.
Before retiring in 2009 he held the positions of Lieutenant, Captain, Acting Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief. He was also deployed as part of PA Task Force 1 to NYC following the 9/11 Terror Attacks and also to the Hurricane Katrina disasters in the Gulf Coast.
Most recently he was the career Chief of the Carlisle (PA) Fire Department from 2010-2013.