|Retired Deputy Chief Tom Poe was a great influence in my youth as a teenage fire explorer with the Huntington Beach Fire Department. There was nothing better than seeing his face light up when Sheri and the kids would arrive at Gothard fire station for a visit. He was a mentor and made an effort to make sure I did the right thing growing up. I was very fortunate to ride along with (then) Captain Tom and his crew at Gothard FS. That was over 36 years ago. I cannot say enough of how much of an influence he made on me as a young kid. The last 33 years of my life have been as a professional firefighter and he was a big part of making it happen. Thank you Tom Poe for all you did. I will never forget you.
Patrick Wills, Captain Long Beach Fire Department Local 372