Tom Griffiths is the Volunteer of the Month for April, 2019. He is the Assistant Administrator at the San Diego Sheriff’s North Coastal Command Station. He was nominated by the Administrator of that site, Bill Simon. Tom has lived a life of service to others and he continues to give back in this current volunteer position.
After graduating from Miami University, Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps and trained as a pilot. He served in Japan and Vietnam. During his year in Vietnam, Tom flew approximately 200 missions. After leaving the military, he was a pilot for Continental Airlines for 36 years.
Tom began volunteering with San Diego Sheriff’s in 2003 and has served continuously for more than 15 years. He has been the Tuesday Patrol leader since 2006 and was the Field Training Officer from 2016 – 2017. Tom became the Assistant Administrator of this site in February of 2018.
Tom stands out because of his knowledge and because of his quick wit and great sense of humor. In addition to being really fun to be around, Tom is said to have an all-encompassing working knowledge of all the aspects of the Senior Volunteer job. He is always ready and willing to teach others and he happily shares his knowledge with his colleagues. Bill Simon said “he is absolutely dedicated to the job and is just one of the most honest and decent folks I have ever met”.
Tom also lives in the area where he serves. So, he routinely makes a big difference in his own community while genuinely enjoying his interactions with his fellow volunteers and with the community members.