Former Churchville fire chief laid to rest

December 15, 2018 06:20 PM

Family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered at the Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua on Saturday afternoon to say good-bye to Tom Hetherington, killed in a snowmobile accident outside of Inlet, N.Y. on December 7.

Hetherington spent his adult life as a firefigher and first responder. He served at the Churchville Fire Department, Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance, Monroe Ambulance, and the Middlesex Hose Company. He was a third assistant chief for Middlesex at the time of his death. 

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In his daytime job, he worked as an investigator and instructor for the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. As an investigator, Hetherington worked with "Taz," an accelerant detection canine, on many high-profile cases around the state.

Hetherington is remembered by many for his sense of humor and as one who knew how to mentor and train others to be effective and safe firefighters.

A motorcade of private vehicles, fire trucks, and emergency vehicles processed from the church parking lot, passing beneath a giant American flag suspended by the raised ladders of two fire trucks.


Tim Hansen

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