Tom Hartwig Jr.
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Clear Lake Middle School
Trained in FFI, FFII, HAZ-Mat, Car Fire Attack NIACC Fire School, General Fire Fighting NIACC Fire School, Art of Reading Smoke Class by Dave Dodson, Moblie Flashover Training Simulator CITA Fire School, Hybrid Vehilce Awarness CITA Fire School, Aerial Ladder Operations Mankato South Central College Fire School, Top 10 Fire Scence Mistakes Class Mankato South Central College Fire School
The beginnings of my fire service started in my hometown of Garner, IA. I became involved with the Garner Fire Department my senior year of high school in March of 1995. While a memeber of the GFD I attended fire school at NIACC for General Fire Fighting and Car Fire Attack. Also during my tenure on the GFD I earned certification as FFI and FFII.
In 2004, after almost 10 years there, I then moved with my wife, Heather, to Clear Lake to work as a 7th Social Studies teacher and coach. It was tough to leave a great group of guys on the GFD but it only made sense to move closer to both of our places of employment. The move shortened my wife's travel to Mercy Medical Center in Mason City where she works in the Critical Care Unit. After living in Clear Lake for a few months I applied to the Clear Lake Fire Department. Six months later I was voted on as a memeber in 2005. While being here I've attended classes on the Art of Reading Smoke, Flashover Training Simulator, Hybrid Vehicle Awareness, Aerial Ladder Ops, and Top 10 Fire Scene Mistakes. In September of 2008 I was promoted to the position of Lieutenant and Training Officer on the CLFD. Moving up the ranks of the CLFD, in 2014 I was promoted to one of two Captains positions. This is great group of CLFD members and I look to work with all of them to make our training the best it can be to ensure our safety on any scene we are called to.
My wife Heather and I have three boys Cade Thomas Hartwig 6/11/06-8/16/16 our very special angel in heaven, Reid 9 and Brycen born on September 26th, 2018. The boys keep us busy but we enjoy every moment with them. Our boys love to come to the fire station, see the trucks, and " the guys". My wife and boys are the love of my life and I would do anything for them.
We are huge Iowa Hawkeye fans We also are huge fans of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Chicago Cubs.
My educational background includes Graduate of Garner-Hayfield HS 1995, AA at NIACC 1998, BA at Buena Vista 2002, and M. Ed. Saint Mary's University, Winona, MN 2007.
"Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man but sooner or later they go to the fellow who thinks he can."