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Tom's CBS S10 bio
January, 2005: Tom's official CBS bio for the Survivor: Palau season:

"Born in Queens, New York, Tom Westman attended Archbishop Molloy High School, where he was a peer group counselor and member of the track team. In 1982, he held the school record in the pole vault, 14' 6'', which held for 20 years. He then studied history for three years at the State University of New York in Binghamton. In 1985, Westman followed his father's footsteps and joined the New York City Fire Department. He is currently a Lieutenant of Ladder Company 108 in Brooklyn. Simultaneously, he is finishing his undergraduate degree at Queens College, the City University of New York, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Westman enjoys sailing, skiing, scuba diving, golfing and cooking. He is most happy spending time with his family and friends. He describes himself as gregarious, practical and competitive. He is most proud of his department's response to the rescue efforts of September 11, 2001, and the everyday efforts to help alleviate the suffering in New York City. His hero is his daughter, Meghan, who lost her hearing to meningitis at 18 months old and, after receiving a cochlear implant at 2 years old, is currently mainstreamed and thriving in the third grade.

Westman is a member of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Fire Department of New York Emerald Society. He was also a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Having been recognized for his support by Disabled Sports, USA, in 2001, Westman has returned every year since to volunteer as an instructor where he helps introduce recently disabled veterans to adaptive skiing.

Westman currently resides in Sayville, New York with his wife, Bernadette, and their three children, Meghan (8), Declan (6) and Conor (4). They have one golden retriever, Guinness. Westman's birth date is January 4, 1964."

Official S10 CBS site.
January 26, 2005: Jeff Probst's pre-game comments on the contestants, from the official CBS site.

"Tom is a salt-of-the-earth guy, you know, a father, a firefighter. There's no chance of this guy being a villain. You hope he lasts long enough in the game to be a hero. And if he does last for a while, he's the kind of guy that could win it. Because people are gonna look at him and say, "You know what, why not him?" He, he's uh, everything about him is good."

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December 17, 2004: Name revealed by "Anonymous" on the S10 Contestant Confirmator.
DS/USA web site
December, 2001: Took part in the Disabled Sports USA 14th Annual Ski Spectacular:

"One dad, second-generation New York City firefighter Lt. Tom Westman of Engine Company 261, Ladder 116, was so enthusiastic about DS/USA's ski invitation that he was asked to discuss his family's reaction at the closing banquet.
  Tom related that his wife Bernadette, an occasional skier, had broken her leg while skiing the year before and wasn't planning on hitting the Breckenridge slopes. Once there, she saw the genuine delight skiing was bringing to kids and adults with far more disabling conditions, and 'She didn't have any excuses any more,' he laughed.
  What particularly thrilled the Westmans was seeing their daughter Meghan and her younger brother Declan, age three and a half, taking off from the top of the mountain only three days after their first ski lessons.
  'Meghan is just beginning to realize that she has something of a disability. It was great for her to be around other people who are overcoming their own disabilities and enjoying life wholeheartedly,' he added."

- See also: Broomfield News
- See also: The O&P Edge (for the 2003 edition of the event).

October 20, 2001: Photographed hobnobbing with celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Richard Gere and Gina Gershon at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

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