UPDATE: Bright Fire Dept’s Stevens Dies Suddenly; Was 59
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Tuesday, March 18 at 7:17 a.m.:
Services have been announced for Bright Volunteer Fire Department & EMS assistant chief Tom Stevens, Sr.
Stevens died of a suspected heart attack suffered Monday morning. The 14-year member of Bright Fire & EMS was 59.
Details for Stevens’ visitation and funeral were announced late Monday. Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, March 20 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Bright Christian Church. The funeral service will follow starting at 5:00.
Stevens’ family is asking that memorial contributions be made to Bright Fire & EMS.
According to his obituary, Stevens is survived by his wife of 39 years Deborah; mother Alma Stevens; sons Tom Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens; sisters Brenda Loschiavo and Robin Loper; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Original story posted Monday, March 17 at 10:41 a.m.:
(Bright, Ind.) – A beloved Bright resident has died.
Tom Stevens, Sr. passed away early Monday morning of a suspected heart attack, relatives said. He was 59-years-old.
Stevens was the assistant chief and president of the Bright Volunteer Fire Department & EMS. He had served with the department since 2000, earning promotion to assistant chief about two years ago, said Chief Kevin Gick.
“Tom was a hard working, very committed, passionate person. When he was committed to something he saw it through,” Gick said. ”He put in a lot of time with it.”
Stevens’ wife, Debbie, is an EMT with the department, and son Tom Stevens, Jr. is a firefighter. Neighboring fire departments such as Greendale, Lawrenceburg, and Whitewater Township have reached out to the Bright Fire Department to offer support, according to the chief.
Funeral and visitation information has not been announced yet. A procession through the community could be part of those plans.
“We may do something like that. Tom was big into the tradition of the fire service,” said Gick.
Eagle 99.3 will update this story as more information becomes available.
Tom was a long time friend, that I met in playing softball. He played every year several nights a week. He was a great mechanic who helpe anyone who asked. Most of all he was a brother at the fire dept. He was always guiding and teaching us. His common line " don't practice till you get it right, practice till you can't get it wrong". He has been a log time friend for my boys and I. I will always remember his laughter he brought to us. RIP my friend
Tom attended North Dearborn every year for our fire presentation. He holds a special place in our heart for those at North Dearborn Elementary. His warm smile will always be remembered. Rest in Peace. He will be missed by those at NDES and the community.
Please pass along our sympathies from one Fire Horse Family to another. Rest in peace, Assistant Chief Stevens. You've earned your time in heaven while battling hell on earth.
Retired DC Ficke and Anita K. Ficke