John P. O'Gorman, former Ponderosa FD Fire Chief passed away on February 18,2015 at the tender age of 72. We will be hosting a celebration of life on Saturday March 21, 2015 beginning at 1 pm at Headquarters 17061 Rolling Creek in the Ponderosa Subdivision. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Parking will be at the shopping center at FM1960W/Rolling Creek and the YMCA on Ella. A small bus will transport attendees to HQ and the return.
John was a charter member of the PFD since 1972 retiring December 31, 2012. He served in all ranks over his tenure and was instrumental in establishing the Houston FD's Hazmat Team. He was a charter member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat Committee and served many years. He was an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan and loved woodworking. He was very active with Texas A&M Engineering & Extension Service annual municipal school for decades and also served as an "on the road" instructor for several years. John other passion was collecting fire department patches - the collection is over 9,600 patches.
John was retired from Shell Chemical Company in transportation work. He traveled the country teaching firefighters how to handle transportation accidents among many other contributions during his Shell career.
John's legacy is profound. The Ponderosa FD was his "second life" after family, and somewhere in the mix was his job at Shell. His contributions are immense and we are sure that if you attend the celebration you will be amazed at the various speakers' recollections of his successes.
Please visit the Ponderosa FD Facebook page to RSVP so we may plan accordingly.