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Thomas Reaches 20 Years

The Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department celebrates the twenty year anniversary of firefighter, Captain Terry Thomas, who is the second firefighter to reach twenty years with the department. He was honored by fellow firefighters in a celebration on June 7, 2007.

Thomas received his firefighting training from the Arizona State Fire Marshal, Mojave Community College, and the International Association of Firefighters.

Thomas' motto is "work smarter, not harder" as he proved while assisting off-duty at the scene of an accident. A car collided with a school bus loaded with children on a hot Arizona day and several firefighters were desperately trying to free the car, which was lodged underneath the bus.

The firefighters were unsuccessful until Thomas recommended letting the air out of the tires. Several minutes later, the car was pulled from under the bus and everyone was safe and unharmed.

Spending time with his kids, riding his wave runner and reading are some of Thomas' favorite things to do besides working side by side with fellow firefighters saving lives and putting out fires.

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Chief Donald Fisher, Captain Terry Thomas and Battalion Chief Jody Hall. Photo by Kort Photography.