Hats Off
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:56

HCDD says hats off to Stephen Tinnermon

Steve tinnermonHCDD staff says “Hats Off” to Stephen Tinnermon for 22 years of public service.

Tinnermon is known for his professional manner at all times. For the past five years, he has served in the role of Deputy Director overseeing LARA, Houston Hope, Single Family Home Repair Program, Disaster Recovery Round II.

Prior to working with HCDD, he worked in the Planning & Development Department and served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Lee P. Brown.

John Guess IV has been accepted into Leadership Houston, Class XXXIV. Guess is a senior finance and portfolio analyst with the City of Houston Controller’s Office.


Leadership Houston was formed in 1982 to bring together leaders from different communities to increase dialogue and foster collaboration on projects that improve the quality of life for Houstonians.


Participants come from the from business and non-profit sectors. Leadership Houston’s alumni include Mayor Annise Parker and Controller Ronald C. Green.

Houston Firefighters Captain Brad Hawthorne and Engineer Operator Dwayne Wyble have been selected as “2014 Firehouse Heroism Award” Honorees from “Firehouse Magazine” for their heroic actions in March of last year.

Fire Chief Terry Garrison presented the awards to the crew of Tower 18 on July 2, 2015. Firefighters Luis Bernal and Luis Gonzalez also received recognition from Firehouse Magazine for their efforts during the incident.

More about the incident: On March 25, 2014, Ladder 18 responded to a fire in the area of West Dallas and Montrose. As the crew of Ladder 18 began their operations, there was a small amount of smoke coming from the building, however within seconds the smoke turned rapidly moving fire. While putting the ladder to the roof, they spotted someone emerge on a 5th floor balcony.

Captain Hawthorne was on the tip of the ladder and viewed the roof. Engineer Operator Wyble moved the ladder in the direction of the victim with the Captain and the other two firefighters still on the ladder. They had to move fast because of the rapid spread of the fire.

The fire was venting through the door as the trapped person grabbed the ledge of the patio and swung himself down to the 4th floor patio. The adder reached the 4th floor and the Captain made his way to the very tip of the ladder as the trapped construction worker climbed onto the ladder.

Once the rescued person was with the Captain, Wyble quickly moved the ladder to away from the building due to the extreme heat. Within seconds and while still moving the ladder away from the building, the roof and 5th floor had a catastrophic collapse sending burning debris on to the 4th floor the building.

The collapse nearly missed the Captain and victim, landing within a few feet of the rear of the ladder truck. The Captain and construction worker were able to safely exit the ladder once they reached a safe distance from the building. It was a mere 4 minutes from the start of the aerial operations to the collapse.

New North AmericanHuman  Resources Director Omar Reid delivered the commencement address to the graduating
class of North American University. 

His message to graduates was:

1. The harder you are on yourself when no one is looking, the easier life is on you when everyone is looking.

2. There is a big difference between talent and desire.

3. Success is where opportunity meets preparation.

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