Pasadena celebrates life of former firefighter John Tennant
A celebration of life service for former Pasadena Fire dept.
Capt. and state fire marshall, John Tennant at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)
PASADENA>> To friends, family, the city and the public safety community, John Tennant
was a role model and a hero who gave his
entire life to serving others.
Those who truly lose themselves in service to others are the most fortunate of mankind.
was able to fulfill his
calling, Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells said at a celebration of Tennants life Wednesday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The bottom line is, John Tennant
took care of people.
Tennant died in December after a battle with cancer.
Tennant was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, playing football at Azusa High School and then at Citrus College.
He joined the Pasadena Fire Department in 1972 and was elected president of the Local 809 union in 1985, serving for 15 years.
In 1994 he was elected to the California Professional Firefighters Association (CPF) board and in 2000 he was appointed the California State Fire Marshal.
Those who worked with him remarked on Tennants ability to understand politics and work for firefighters in negotiations.
Wells said Tennant
had a large hand in strengthening the local Pasadena union.
also sacrificed for his
family, starting work at the Azusa drive-in at age 13 to help out his
mother, and giving his
own kids everything he
had when he
had free time from his
consuming work with the unions.
Fishing for John
was like going to church for may people.
Tennant is survived by his children Shawna, Lisa and Brian and his brother Mark.