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Garden Grove Fire chief and Brandman alumnus Tom Schultz passes

January 28, 2019 by Victoria Lim
Fire Chief Tom Schultz
Garden Grove Fire Chief Tom Schultz graduated from Brandman in 2014. He passed away Sunday, Jan. 27.                    

It is with great sadness Brandman University shares that alumnus Tom Schultz has died just weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Schultz graduated from Brandman’s School of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences in December 2014. Most recently the fire chief for Garden Grove, he also served the Fullerton and Brea Fire Departments as deputy director of Operations.

Earlier this month, Schultz learned he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. A statement from the city of Garden Grove says he had begun chemotherapy treatments. He passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, at noon.

“Garden Grove has lost an admirable man and an exceptional leader who proudly devoted himself to protecting lives and serving a community that will forever be in his debt. Our most heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with his family during this difficult time, shared by all those who knew him,” said Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones.

In total, Schultz career in firefighting spanned 35 years. Brandman University featured Schultz rise to fire chief in a video in 2016. He retired last September but Garden Grove City Manager Scott Stiles requested he stay on as the annuitant fire chief.

“I have the highest regard and appreciation for Chief Schultz’s remarkable leadership of the Garden Grove Fire Department. His dedication, enthusiasm, and passion for this city and community are unmatched. He was a good friend, and a man of principle, devoted to his family, and to the men and women of the Garden Grove Fire Department. He will be deeply missed,” said Stiles.

Our condolences go out to Schultz’s wife Kim, their two daughters and son, family, friends, and the firefighter community. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family.

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