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Thomas M. Brush

Thomas M. Brush of Highland, NY, died Tuesday, December 1, 2009. He was 53 years old. Thomas was born on March 2, 1956 in Ellenville, NY the son of James S. and Margaret Mary (Martin) Brush. 


Tom graduated from Rondout Valley High School in 1974. Following high school he attended the Culinary Institute of America in NYC studying as a Dessert Chef but knew his real passion was with helping people. He went to school to learn the ins and out of being an EMT and in 1980 he became an EMT Instructor. In 1985 Tom furthered his education to become a Paramedic and was employed by Mobile Life for 21 years as a Paramedic Supervisor. Most recently he worked for the New Paltz Police Department as a Dispatcher.


Tom’s entire life revolved around saving those in need. He volunteered and worked with multiple rescue squads including Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid Squad and the New Paltz Rescue Squad, where he was the Current President, a Past Vice President, a Captain for several terms and a Paramedic. Tom was also a die hard Yankees fan.


Survivors include his father, James S. Brush of Sarasota, FL, his sisters; Barbara Brush of Clifton Park, NY and Kathryn Avery and husband Micky of Kerhonkson, NY, his brothers; Kenneth Brush and wife Beth of Kingston, NY, William Brush and wife Cathy of University Park, FL and Robert Brush of Kerhonkson, NY. Several nieces and nephews. Tom was pre-deceased by his mother, Margaret Mary and his brothers; James G. Brush and John W. Brush.


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Guestbook

Diana Francis, Commissioner NPPD - December 8th, 2009 at 1:47pm - Email
I had the very recent opportunity to sit with Dispatcher Brush at the New Paltz Police Dept on 11/25/09 and observe him maintain minute by minute contact with the Officer's of the Polcie Department. He was very kind and accommodating to me. He conducted himself in a professional manner. During the brief time I spent with him, I learned of his passion and commitment to help other's. I am proud of Dispatcher Brush and his dedication to life. GOD Bless you and may Heaven smile upon you!

Charles and Kathy Campbell - December 8th, 2009 at 10:18am - Email
Tom, we will miss you. We enjoyed riding with you on NPRS and I will always remember "wolfgang" from our St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Patti Decker Sickler - December 8th, 2009 at 8:07am - Email
Tommy was dearly loved and will be missed by so many family and friends. My prayers and heartfelt condolences are with all of you at this very sad time.

Carol Ann Wells - December 8th, 2009 at 7:49am - Email
Tom touched many people and my thoughts and prayers are with not only his biological family but also with his EMS family. Our lives were made greater by Tom and his quick smile and laughter. You will be missed but always remembered.

Paul Fraraccio - December 7th, 2009 at 10:48pm - Email
Tom taught me on two occasions for EMT refresher courses during the 1990s. He left a big enough impression on me to remember him to this day. Thank you for that, Tom. Eternal Rest grant onto him, Oh Lord...

Leslie Brooks Selage - December 7th, 2009 at 10:04pm - Email
I remember Tom so well. That beautiful tenor voice! To Kathy and the rest of the family, my sincere condolences. May the goodness with which Tom lived his live give you joy and my God give you peace in your hearts. I'm the Director of Worship at a larger Florida parish and we'll mention Tom by name at all our Masses this week. Blessings, Leslie (Brooks) Selage

Ed Porch - December 7th, 2009 at 7:50pm - Email
I worked quite a few calls with Tom in the City of Middletown. He was a steading influence at those scene's and worked well with us firefighters. My condolences to Tom's Family. Retired MFD

D. Neil Ridgeway - December 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm - Email
Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him for his wonderful personality and commitment to helping others. I have many fond memories of serviing with him as a paramedic with NPRS and in EMS education.

Dave Beesmer - December 5th, 2009 at 7:51pm - Email
Tom worked the overnight shift at Mohonk Mountain House in the nineties. Great guy. Great sense of humor. My thoughts go out to your loved ones. Go Yanks!

Dan Holly - December 5th, 2009 at 3:47pm - Email
My prayers are with Tom's family, we were friends in high school(same class) and enjoyed his friendship, especially remember Mrs. Eckerts theater class where we did a skit from the wizard of oz, I was the tin man and tom the lion, think it took several days for us to get the makeup off our faces. Then rekindled our friendship as we helped plan our last high school class reunion in 2004. Will miss you Tom.

Harold E. Tartell - December 5th, 2009 at 3:14pm - Email
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all members of the Brush Family. I met Tom while working as an Emergency Services Dispatcher (#56-18) at Ulster County Fire Control from 1976-1983. Tom would stop by and visit us when in the area, and it was always a pleasure to have him as our company. His dedication and devotion to the Emergency Services of Ulster County was his life, and now that he has left us he will be sorely missed. I am very fortunate to have known him. May He Rest In Eternal Peace.

Harold E. Tartell - December 5th, 2009 at 3:14pm - Email
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all members of the Brush Family. I met Tom while working as an Emergency Services Dispatcher (#56-18) at Ulster County Fire Control from 1976-1983. Tom would stop by and visit us when in the area, and it was always a pleasure to have him as our company. His dedication and devotion to the Emergency Services of Ulster County was his life, and now that he has left us he will be sorely missed. I am very fortunate to have known him. May He Rest In Eternal Peace.

Allison L Repicky-Stannard - December 4th, 2009 at 9:25am - Email
Tommy was one of the sweetest funniest people I knew and one of the first people I met when I came to work at MLSS. Tommy was my mentor and I had much respect for him. He helped teach me to become an EMT and a dispatcher. Tommy was a unique person and will always hold a special place in my heart. I will forever love him and miss him. Tommy was such a dear friend to my husband (Chip) and myself. i am grieving because I will miss him and feel as if he was taken too soon but I know God has a better plan and a better place for him. He is in the arms of the angels now and celebrating his new life in paradise. Tommy please continue to watch over your family and friends from heaven and help ease the pain everyone is feeling now that you are no longer with us. We love you and will always miss you until we are one day reunited.

Deborah Miliorato - December 4th, 2009 at 7:28am - Email
Tom you weren't only a friend you were family. Shawn will miss his Uncle Tommy very much. Kathy and the rest of the Brush Clan our prayers and sympathy are with you always. We are the lucky ones to have know such a special man. God Bless you and rest in peace.

Pamela Christiana - December 3rd, 2009 at 6:53pm - Email
Theres no better place like home, heaven...rip tom

Angela Ennenga Nugent - December 3rd, 2009 at 4:45pm - Email
prayers for all the family left to be strong and there for each other....see the good friends and family he did indeed have...

Larry Ennenga - December 3rd, 2009 at 4:34pm - Email
sympathy for the whole family . Hi Bob hope you are well. Larry

Dennis O'Dell - December 3rd, 2009 at 11:46am - Email
I don't know what else to say. After reading all the postings from F B, all the people that knew and had respect for Tom has said wonderful things. I know that i ll miss Tom and that he was a great person. R I P Tom Brush

Liz Gramm - December 3rd, 2009 at 11:40am - Email
Tom was an inspiration to many. Whether it be in our EMS field or our personal lives, he nurtured us, stood by us, guided us, and even laughed with us. " How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." To Tom's family, my sincere condolences. He was truely a rare gem. Tom, you will always hold a special place in my heart...forever.

Richard Moerman - December 3rd, 2009 at 10:35am - Email
Tom was an inspiration to me and helped me reach my goal to become a paramedic. He was always there to help and you could ask him any question that you needed. I enjoyed working with Tom as my supervsor while at MLSS and consider him one of the people that helped me reach the point that I have in my carreer. God speed Tom, you helped many and probably didn't even know it.... Paramedic Corporal Rich Moerman New Castle County, Delaware EMS

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