THOMAS MARTIN BURROUGHS
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Tom was born April 16, 1952 in Van Nuys, California. Went to be with Jesus August 5, 2014 in West Hills, California.
Firefighter Tom Burroughs was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran that served aboard the Aircraft Carrier Coral Sea as an aircraft mechanic at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. Tom joined the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1977. He was assigned to many Fire Stations throughout his 35 year career and retired out of 114's at Van Nuys Airport. Besides the basic Firefighter duties, Tom was Airport crash certified (Aircraft Firefighting). He also was Helitac certified and responded to brush fires, and did cliff and swift water rescues hanging out of helicopters. Tom has received several letters of commendation for rescues made while serving the L.A.F.D. and U.S. Coast Guard. He was a dedicated firefighter and proud to represent the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Tom is survived by Betty, his bride. They were married for 37 years and they have two children, Brian and Katie, and one granddaughter Audrey. He is also survived by his mother, one brother and three sisters.
Tom was a family man with a Big Heart, always putting his family first in every decision that he made. The whole family enjoyed racing their own stock cars and have several championships to their credit. He was a master mechanic and craftsman, building wooden weather vanes and bird houses for fun, giving them to all the family members. Along with his working hands, he always had a helping hand for others wherever and whenever things needed to be done. He loved God and served Him, touching many lives along the way, ministering to everyone he came into contact with. ~ He Is and Always Will Be Our Hero ~
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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Aug. 17, 2014