Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, of Springfield, MA.
Just last week, this American hero and Purple Heart recipient was jogging down the street at his family’s home in Hampden, Massachusetts. In his time as a Marine he served two tours in Iraq. He comes from a military family – his brother Joe is a local politician and a war vet himself.
Thomas, or “Tommy” as his friends and family back home call him, has been a Marine since the age of 18. He currently serving in India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines and fought in the 2005 Battle of Abu Ghraib. It was in that battle that he earned a Combat Action medal and Purple Heart.
His brother Joe also owns a family restaurant in his family’s old neighborhood called Nathan Bill’s Bar & Restaurant. They posted this tribute on the outside sign:
“He was our hero and he will never be forgotten. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you Tommy for protecting us.”[revad1]
Everyone who knew Tommy loved him. While he leaves no children behind, he lives on in the hearts of the people back in Massachusetts who know and love him best. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered all flags at half mast in tribute. On social media, tributes are also pouring in:
RIP GySgt Thomas Sullivan, it was an honor knowing you and knowing you’re the reason why my mom would smile. 7/16/15? pic.twitter.com/jECIVDgCDT— Taryn? (@Spotlight_Taryn) July 17, 2015
I’m stunned and saddened to hear that my classmate Sgt. Tommy Sullivan was gunned down in yesterday’s shooting. #RIPTommy ?— Tim Hourihan (@TimHourihan) July 17, 2015