Bright Asst. Fire Chief Stevens To Be Laid To Rest
By Mike Perleberg
(Bright, Ind.) – First responders from across the tri-state will mourn the loss of one of their own Thursday.
Bright Fire & EMS assistant chief Tom Stevens, Sr. died at age 59 on Monday morning.
A large turnout is expected for Stevens’ visitation at Bright Christian Church from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The funeral service starting at 5:00 will be followed by a procession including many firefighters, police, and other first responders to the nearby Gibson Cemetery.
Because he had suffered a fatal heart attack just a couple hours after returning home from an emergency run to a carbon monoxide alarm late Sunday evening, Stevens’ death is considered in the line of duty.
According to the Hometown Heroes Act, if a firefighter suffers a heart attack or stroke within 24-hours of non-routine stressful or strenuous duty, it is presumed to have occurred in the line of duty, if absent of compelling evidence to the contrary.
Stevens family has asked that contributions be made to Bright Fire & EMS, which posted this message on their Facebook page Tuesday:
“And though he loved his family first, Tom also loved this community. Joining the department in 2000, the time he’s given to the Bright area is immense. Training firefighters, planning festival details, educating elementary school kids and giving tours to scout troops are just some of the ways he gave back to the area. Tom handled almost all of the department’s administration duties, wrote grant requests to keep us funded and has helped navigate the course of this department for years to come. His pride came from the outstanding family he and (wife) Debbie helped raise, the professionalism this volunteer department shows and the friendly relationships he made in this close knit town.”