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Mourning the loss of Firefighter Tommy Arriaga

It is with a heavy heart that Tempe Fire Medical Rescue regrets to announce that Firefighter Tommy Arriaga, age 36, lost his battle with colorectal cancer on March 6th, 2020. Tommy is survived by his wife Monica and his two beautiful daughters Miranda, age 7, and Madalynn, age 3. 

Tommy joined the department in 2014 and was a member of the Hazardous Materials team located at Fire Station 2. His cancer has been determined to be related to his work in the fire service.

Tommy was honored as the Tempe South Rotary Club Outstanding Firefighter/Employee of the Year on Feb. 28 for his dedication to the community, city and department. He consistently demonstrated passion, humility and perseverance through his life and career with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. Tommy exuded the true meaning of courage in the face of adversity and through whatever obstacle life threw his way. He inspired all those around him with his positive attitude and will continue to do so after his passing. 

Tommy’s passing represents Tempe Fire Medical Rescue’s second line of duty death; the first was the loss of Ed Gaicki in 1980. Full honors will be given during Tommy’s service. All details for his service will be provided shortly.

Tommy will be deeply missed by all who served with and around him.  The members of Tempe Fire Medical Rescue wish to thank you all for your continued support during this extremely difficult time.

If you would like to send cards or items of condolence for the Arriaga family or Tempe firefighters, please send those to:

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Administration
1400 E. Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281

We will make sure those are delivered to the family or stations.  If you would like to honor Tommy with items to be placed at a memorial site, please feel free to leave flowers, balloons, or other sentiments at the firefighting statue located between the fire administration building and Fire Station 1 at 1400 E. Apache Blvd. Please do not send donations at this time. We will provide additional information in the future of any fundraising opportunities for the Arriaga family. Thank you for all of your support.