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Tom VanWyngarden
July 27, 2020

We are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Tom VanWyngarden, our co-worker and friend who passed away on July 27, 2020. There are no words that can adequately describe the numerous contributions and influence Tom had during the 20+ years he worked for VFIS of Texas / WinStar Insurance Group. Tom had a positive impact on everyone who met him. He was a determined, goal-oriented and caring person who loved life and all that it offered. Tom was respected and admired by all with a work ethic that was second to none. Whether making sales calls, attending a conference or working in the office, all of his co-workers struggled to keep up with him.
Tom loved working with firefighters and emergency responders. He cared deeply about them and wanted to make sure they were properly protected. He admired their sense of service and considered many of them his friends.
Tom also taught by example that hard work should be followed by playing hard, preferably on a golf course. Tom never enjoyed the attention of being publicly recognized for achievements but favored the personal satisfaction of accomplishing what he set out to achieve. Tom was an individual who had great personal grace and unwavering integrity. He exuded humility, kindness, gentleness, generosity, respect, passion and insight.

Donations may be made online at or via check, payable to Wartburg College, and mailed to Wartburg College, Attn. Development Office, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, IA 50677. Please designate "Van Wyngarden Scholarship" in the memo section on the check.

Tom, You will be Greatly Missed!!

STOP!!!!  DROP!!!! ROLL!!!!

Congratulations League City Fire Marshal's Office for Breaking the Guinness World Record.  

The old record was 1719 people rolling at one time...

NOW.....1989 people Stop, Drop and Roll!  

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!!
The GCFFA is collecting donations for the Chief Sam Scott Memorial to be held in the upcoming months.  
Sam was a valuable asset to many organizations to include:  Missouri City Fire Department Lieutenant, Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief, Forest Bend Volunteer Fire Department Past Chief, and College of the Mainland Fire Instructor.  He was highly respected and made a huge impact on many firefighters both old and new.  His legacy will live on forever!

All donations made in honor of Chief Sam Scott will be used for the Memorial and for unforeseen funeral expenses.  By pressing the donation button, you will be able to donate via PayPal.  All transactions will be secure through PayPal.
Thank you so much for your contribution.

Recent changes to the GCFFA

Our President, Dan Key, has retired from his position effective January 1, 2019.  Dan has been a huge asset to this organization both as a member with Friendswood VFD, a Board member, and finally our President.  Dan was also a key player as our representative in Austin when the Legislative Branch was in session.  He fought for us and the Fire Service repeatedly throughout his career and kept Galveston County Strong!  Dan was the President of our great Association during the SFFMA State Convention held in Galveston in 2015.  Dan has been the Day Captain of the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department, Board Member of the Sunset Commission, Instructor at TEEX Weeklong training in College Station, and numerous other committees.  He meets with the Galveston County Commissioners each year to present our Association statistics to insure that each department receives their annual money from the County.  Dan has truly been a valuable asset to our Association and will be greatly missed!  Congratulations DAN on your retirement.

We welcome Tommy Cones to the GCFFA Board effective January 1, 2019.  Tommy has been in the fire service for many years and comes to us from League City Fire Marshals Office.  This year, he was responsible for successfully attempting to break the Guinness book of world records for the largest amount of people participating in a STOP, DROP, and ROLL activity in 2018.  He was able to put together the activity with the help of his staff, and gather 1989 people to participate breaking the record of 1719 people.  Congratulations Tommy.  We look forward to having you on the Board for many years to come.  

James Wistinghausen will remain a longtime member on the Board representing Precinct 3.  He will now be taking over the Presidency of the Association.  James was recently re-elected Chief of the Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department and has served as Chief for over 30 years.  He brings many years of experience as a Board Member and Vice President of this great Association and we look forward to him leading us in 2019.

May 18th - 19th, 2018
4th Annual Firefighter Games
Hosted by Texas City Fire Dept.


At our November meeting in Jamaica Beach, Rusty Kattner, our Treasurer and Board Member, announced that he would NOT be running for re-election as our Board Member.  Rusty has been such a major player in our Association and his leadership will be highly missed.  During his 30 + tenure with the Association, Rusty has been a full-time Fire Marshal at the Village Fire Dept., held 5 Presidential Positions in the State Fireman and Fire Marshals Association, Past President of the SFFMA,  full time Treasurer of the GCFFA, Husband, and Father.  WOW!  Now he is going to pass the baton to someone new so he can take on his new Leadership role with the Mason's.  We are so proud to have had Rusty on our team and it will take a great person to fill these shoes.  

Best of luck in your future endeavors!  
Galveston County Proudly represented in our State Association!!
Congratulations to
Angie Sumrall
1st Vice President of the TFA
The Texas Firemen's Auxilary

The purpose of this is organization is:
1. To promote the interest and welfare of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of
Texas (hereinafter referred to as SFFMA).
2. To become better acquainted and promote better friendship among the wives, daughter, sisters
and mothers of Texas firemen.
3. To assist in every way possible in the organization of firemen’s auxiliaries.

For more information about becoming a member of the TFA click this link.

Congratulations to
Kennedy Sumrall
TFA Sweetheart 2017

We are all very proud to have these great ladies represent our Galveston County!!!

JUNE 10-11. 2016


"Bucket Brigade"

1 st Place Texas City FD
2 nd Place Hitchcock VFD
3 rd Place Texas City FD

"Horse Shoes"

1 st Place Hitchcock VFD
2 nd Place Texas City FD
3 rd Place Marathon TRD

"Pumper Races"

1 st Place Hitchcock VFD
2 nd Place Texas City FD
3 rd  Place Hitchcock VFD

"Water Ball"

1 st Place – Hitchcock VFD
2 nd Place – Marathon GBR
3 rd Place - Texas City FD

"Truck Show"

(1990 and newer)
1 st Place – Galveston FD
2 nd Place - . Marathon GBR
3 rd Place - San Leon FD

(1989 and Older)
1 st Place – Moonshine Hill FD – 1962 American LaFrance Aerial – Bob Robertson
2 nd Place – Xenia FD – 1925 Ford/Boyer – Terry Parker
3 rd Place – Dickinson FD – 1942 Seagraves

"Mayor Choice"

Moonshine Hill FD – 1962 American LaFrance Aerial – Bob Robertson  

"Friday Night Jack Pot"
Chicken wings
1 st Place – Marathon Fire
2 nd Place -Blow N Smoke
3 rd Place – Santa Fe Fire and Rescue

Pulled Pork
1 st Place – Bud Crew Cookers
2 nd Place -Jamaica Beach Fire and Rescue
3 rd Place – Marathon Fire

"Saturday BBQ"
1st Place – First Hand Smokers
2 nd Place – Santa Fe Fire and Rescue
3 rd Place –Ace in the Hole
1 st Place – Chicken Pluckers
2 nd Place – Bud Crew Cookers
3 rd Place – Best in the West
1 st Place – Bud Crew Cookers
2 nd Place – San Leon
3 rd Place – Chicken Pluckers
Galveston County Firefighter Appreciation Dinner
October 30, 2016

This special night was held for all 17 Fire Departments in Galveston County.  Sometimes our firefighters are not told enough how much they are APPRECIATED!  All of these firefighters from every department have dedicated their lives to helping others in times of disasters and emergencies.  Sometimes these events take place during family dinners, Christmas and other holidays, or during the middle of the night.  ALL of our firefighters remain "ON DUTY" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Not an easy task.  

So we set aside this night to honor the firefighters of Galveston County with Dinner, Awards, Door Prizes, and words of encouragment and praise.  

THANK YOU to ALL who serve in a FIRE/EMS job for our County.

Thanks to following businesses who contributed door Prizes!
Home Depot of Galveston
Barcenas Mexican Restaurant
Fire Administrative Services, LLC
David Eby with Terracon
Firehouse Software
Rainforest Cafe
All the Fire Depts who brought Door Prizes

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