Tom Hand: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.

MDA fund raisers- headed up Fire Dept Boot Drive, participant in MDA "Lock-Up", MDA Boxing fundraiser for 3 years


Category: Community Service

About Tom Hand

Occupation: Fire Fighter

Years in Gainesville: 12

Children: 2 girls

Co-Captian for "Swim America" (cancer research fundraiser) raised over $87,000

Raises money for families in need with out the aide of benifits (usually taking up fire station collections, and a lot of his personal money

Has taken in families and provided shelter and food.

Raised money to help a child (whom he never met) go to the doctor in Michigan to recieve necessary treatment.

Speaks at a UF humanities class about paying it forward to help others

Visits the children in the UF Burn Unit

These are a few of the many highlights that Tom Hand does. Several years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and lives to help others in need. He battles with fatigue that is associated with this cancer, yet he continues to serve the citizens of Gainesville as a firefighter, is raising 2 beautiful daughters (Sam and Jordan) and works tirelessly to help others.

Please feel free to contact me. There is so much more to this story. This guy is truly a servent to others. I have an email I would love to copy to you. I asked him to think selfishly and write down all he has done in our community to improve those around him. He wrote me back and he praised others in the Fire Department and thanked those around to allow his to do the work he does. Everyone who comes in contact with Tom Hand comes out a better person. Please take this nomination in consideration. We have a wounderful Fire Department here in the City of Gainesville and here is one of our best!

Submitted by Mike Tringali

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