Thomas Hetzel, Lad.13 Tom was a wonderful‚ loving husband who adored his daughter‚ Amanda. He was a positive person and lover of life who always helped his family‚ friends‚ and neighbors. He dreamed of becoming a firefighter since he was a boy‚ and at 18‚ joined the local volunteer fire department. His dream of becoming a New York City fireman came true in October 1995 when he was inducted into the NYC Fire Service Academy. An avid athlete‚ Tom played golf‚ softball‚ and was a superb skier‚ taking to the slopes of Colorado with his beloved wife annually. Tom was proud of his German heritage and often prepared traditional German meals at home and at his firehouse. He proudly played his German music‚ danced the polka‚ attended German festivals and was a member of two German social organizations. He relished traveling abroad visiting family and touring the country with his wife and daughter.