Family of Thomas Brown shares thanks with community

The family of Thomas Brown, Randall Fire Department battalion chief who died Oct. 21, asked to share this message of thanks with the community:

The family of Thomas Brown, or TB as he was well known, would like to thank everyone who has supported us during our time of need during this fast and tragic illness that he suffered from. We would like to thank particularly Burlington ICU and ER unit, St. Luke’s Hospital Milwaukee, and its MRICU Unit, Medix Transport, and Flight for Life for caring for TB and giving him a fighting chance. We would like to also thank Melissa Lein, Sarah Kaldem, and Mike Kaphengst for their help and understanding things beyond our understanding and bringing it down to our level. We would like to thank Haase – Lockwood Funeral Homes for the professional and kind services that they offered for our family in our darkest time. Also thanks to Luisa’s Restaurant for catering the luncheon afterwards. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the visitation and burial service to support our family and show us what a great life TB had lived, and the impact he made upon so many people. Many people drove many hours to say good bye, and we truly appreciate that. We would like to thank the Randall Park Board for the dedication of a tree in his honor in the park he took pride in. We would like to thank the many fire and police departments that came to show respect at both services. Twin Lake Fire and Rescue, Wheatland Fire, Silver Lake Fire and Rescue, Lyons Fire and Rescue, Town of Burlington Fire, Town of Salem Fire, Spring Grove Fire, Kenosha County Sheriffs Department, Winthrop Harbor Fire, Village of Sturtevant Police, City of Kenosha Fire, City of Racine Fire, Twin Lakes Police Department, Walworth County Fire Association and anyone else we may have forgotten. Finally we would like to thank Chief Matt Gronke and the Town of Randall Fire Department. We know how much TB has done for you all over the years, and your kindness, willingness to step up and help us during this time has reflected how much he cared about everyone there, and how much it showed. From arranging the funeral, catering the luncheon, making sure the family had someone looking after them, to even coming over and helping in TB’s garden, showed how much the fire department is not just a brotherhood, but a family. TB threw a small stone into this community and we all feel the ripples he left behind. Thank you to each and every person who helped us, sent a card, shared a story or just gave a hug. Your kindness will be remembered and appreciated more than you can understand.”

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