Tom Lewis - Place 5 Retired Firefighter
Tom Lewis began his term on the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund in 2016, representing retired Civil Service fire personnel. He is Chair of the Communications Committee and is a member of the Disability Committee. He has surpassed the minimum education requirements for pension Trustees required by Texas Pension Review Board.
In 2008, Tom retired as a Captain with the Fort Worth Fire Department, where he served for 36 years. He worked as a firefighter from 1971 until he was promoted to Lieutenant and joined the Bureau of Fire Prevention in 1980. At the Bureau, he helped create the Fire Company Commercial Inspection Program, which trained personnel on fire trucks to perform inspections of commercial properties in their neighborhoods and assignment areas. During his time at the Bureau, he worked in most of the specialty areas and attained multiple certifications, including the Advanced Fire Inspector Certification from the State of Texas. At various times during his career he was responsible for inspecting high rises, daycares, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as new fire alarm system installations. In addition, he attended the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for five two-week courses covering fire prevention subjects. For three years, he also served as Assistant Fire Marshal.
Since his retirement, Tom has been active in the Fort Worth Retired Firefighters Association and has served as First Vice President. He currently is Treasurer of the PAC Fund. He also served two years on the City of Fort Worth’s Construction and Fire Prevention Board of Appeals.
He earned a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Texas Christian University and lives in downtown Fort Worth with his wife of 43 years, Sue. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.