Thomas Trevino Araguz III‚ age 30‚ of Wharton‚ Texas‚ died on July 3‚ 2010‚ while fighting a fire at a local farm. He was born in Wharton on June 30‚ 1980‚ the son of Thomas Araguz Jr. and Simona Rodriguez Longoria.
Thomas grew up in Wharton and graduated from Wharton High School and Wharton County Junior College. He held certificates in police‚ fire and EMT-basic. An 11-year veteran with the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department‚ he joined the department at age 19 and had recently been promoted to captain. He was also a Wharton County reserve sheriff’s deputy.
Thomas enjoyed camping and was a great cook and a World War II history buff. He was a loving father to his sons‚ Trevor Thomas Araguz and Tyler Michael Araguz.
He poured his heart and soul into being a good father and firefighter.