Thomas Michael Steven Gruen, 48, of Tunkhannock, died Thursday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an automobile accident as an EMT for the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association.
He was born in Scranton on Aug. 12, 1964, son of the late Doris Kessler Gruen and Edmond Gruen of Tunkhannock. Tom was a 1983 graduate of the Tunkhannock Area High School and extremely active in the Tunkhannock band. After graduation, he served as a volunteer instructor for the percussion section and color guard for the Tunkhannock Area School District. He served as band director for Lackawanna Trail School District for one year. Tom was very active in the Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church. He served his church on missions to Brazil and Austria. Tom served as state director of sound systems for the Assembly of God Fine Arts festival and was a judge of the competitions. Tom was member of the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association for more than 15 years. He was a certified EMT-B, serving as EMT crew chief and served as rescue lieutenant. He held certifications in ice rescue, emergency boat operations, water rescue, advanced line systems and national search and rescue, and most recently, received his certification as a state constable.
He was more than an employee for C.S. VerBryck Fuel Sales in Tunkhannock. He would often be seen driving his fuel truck with his beloved dogs, Rajha or Motoe, at his side. He was known for service with a smile.
Also surviving are step-mother, Doris Finch Gruen of Tunkhannock; daughters, Dana M. Gruen of Meshoppen; and Telease Gruen Holman of Tunkhannock; brothers, Danny Gruen of Allentown; and Andy Gruen of Lupon, Tenn.; his companion, Jean Clark; and three grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gruen.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church by Pastor Rick Wormer. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola.
Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association or the Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.shel donkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on May 24, 2013