Respected Firefighter Retires After 36 Years from Richmond Fire Department
Well Known Area Firefighter Retires from Firefighting
Tuesday, February 28th marked a sad, yet happy occasion at the Richmond Fire Department as Firehouse Battalion Chief Tom Walleck retired from the Richmond Fire Department after 36 years with the department. The morning began with a great breakfast (a Firefighters favorite meal) prepared by his crew along with stories and tales of ‘Back In the Day’ enjoyed by his crew, City Administration, and elected officials. Tom was presented a gold watch recognizing his 36 years of Service by City Manager Terri Vela .
“Although retired from the department and the demands of managing one of three shifts of ‘highly trained and motivated Firefighters’, he is not retired from our hearts” said Fire Chief Mike Youngblood, who knew Tom for many years prior to becoming the Fire Chief of the City of Richmond. Chief Youngblood added, “While working in Missouri City, I responded to mutual aid calls to Richmond and remember working with Tom. Even then I was impressed with Tom and his crews. Knowing the reputation of Tom and the Richmond Fire Department as dedicated and committed public servants was one aspect that attracted me to Richmond”.
The citizens of Richmond know they have one of the best trained firefighting teams around, largely due to the experience and guidance from Firefighters like Tom Walleck. The mentorship and wisdom of this generation of Firefighters will be sorely missed, but thankfully, the good ones like Tom pass on the wisdom, kindness and leadership to those left to take the calls. The retirement party ended with newly appointed Battalion Chief Bryan Lewis, who will fill Tom’s boots as the Shift Commander of “C” shift, closing with “We wish our mentor, leader, and friend the best. Enjoy your retirement...you have certainly earned it...with love and respect”.
To see more of Battalion Chief Walleck’s retirement, visit our City of Richmond Fire Department Facebook page.
City Manager Terri Vela with Tom Walleck
Tom Walleck with Richmond Firefighters on last day February 28, 2018