Sandoval County Fire & Rescue Chief Jon Tibbets
Fire Chief Jon Tibbetts started his career in the emergency services as a paramedic with the San Juan County Emergency Services. He worked at San Juan County until 1986 and was certainly considered a pioneer in his profession. In 1986‚ he went to work for Albuquerque Ambulance‚ where he would work for the next 18 years. During his years at Albuquerque Ambulance he would serve as a paramedic‚ system education coordinator‚ system status manager‚ and operations manager. He was one of the main people tasked with the project of setting up a global positioning system in the late 1980s. In 2004‚ he became the first career fire chief for Sandoval County Fire Department. Chief Tibbetts loved fighting fires and responded to every possible structure fire he could.
Chief Tibbetts helped build the Sandoval County Fire Department from the ground up. During his tenure as chief he built four fire stations and completely staffed the new fire department with career staff to supplement the volunteers. His characteristics as a person of integrity‚ determination‚ honesty‚ and gentleness‚ all made him a natural born leader. He was killed in an on duty motor vehicle crash on July 23‚ 2012‚ at age 59. Chief Tibbetts wrote a grant that resulted in the funding of a brand new fire station located at Santa Ana Pueblo in 2009.
In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments he was a loving husband to Connie and a loving father to his daughters‚ Amy and Natasha. A Habitat for Humanity house is currently being built in his name.
Captain Token Mark Adams
Age 41, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013. He was born in Oakhurst, CA on September 19, 1971, to Kenneth Adams and Hendrika Anderson. Captain Adams will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father who cherished every moment with his family. He had an infectious and uplifting personality, a contagious smile, a sense of humor that could get anyone laughing, a heart that was so full of generosity and love. He made friends everywhere he went, and loved to travel. He was a very hardworking man and loved his job in the forest service. He was loved by many and will be missed everyday.
Assistant Fire Chief Dave Bervin
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Bervin (Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico), who passed away on April 11, 2018, at the age of 62, leaving to mourn family and friends.