Budd Lake Fire Department Morns The Loss Of Flanders Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief & Friend Tom Shields

Posted on June 2, 2011

Budd Lake Fire Department sends its Prayers and Thoughts to the Shields Family and our sister fire company Flanders Fire & Rescue on the loss of Assistant Chief & Friend Tom Shields


Thomas Shields, 42, of Flanders, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville, NJ. Tom was born on August 19, 1968 in Passaic, NJ. He lived in Flanders for the past 7 years and was previously from West Paterson, NJ. Tom owned and operated an Alarm Company called Security Controls, Concepts, and Designs. Tom was the Assistant Chief of the Flanders Fire and Rescue Company #1 and a past Lieutenant of the West Paterson Company #2. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts. Tom enjoyed deep sea fishing and golf and loved going to Disney World with his family.

Tom is survived by his wife of 11 years Nicole Shields; his children Brandon and Gregory Shields; his parents Jack and Teresa Shields; his brother Jack Shields and wife Cindy and their children Meghan, Dan and Taylor of Bozrah, Ct; his Brother-in-Law Michael Petruzzi of Mays Landing, NJ; and his mother and father-in-laws Judy and Dennis Petruzzi.

The Budd Lake Fire Department will miss him the Township has lost a hero Rest in Peace Tom we will never forget.