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Deputy Fire Chief Huddleston's life celebrated at North Point Church

POULSBO — More than 100 firefighters and fire officials, including Nevada's state fire marshal, celebrated the life of retired Poulsbo Deputy Fire Chief Thomas J. Huddleston, Friday at North Point Church.

Huddleston died March 22 after a long illness. He was 69.

Early in his career, Huddleston served as Nevada state fire marshal, where he helped write the first statewide fire and building codes, and wrote the draft bill for the Nevada Retrofit Law after the MGM and Hilton Hotel fires. He served as chairman of the Western Fire Chiefs Association Uniform Fire Code Committee and testified before Congress regarding fire prevention and the Uniform Fire Code process. Many of the standards he wrote, such as sprinklers for buildings of certain sizes and uses, have been incorporated into the Uniform Fire Code.

"We live in a safer world, in a safer community, in a safer place, because of Tom Huddleston," said Mike Brown, executive director of the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs.

Later, Huddleston served as fire marshal of Corona, Calif. and joined the Poulsbo Fire Department in 1994 as fire marshal. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2005 and retired in 2010.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy; son, Shawn Huddleston; and daughter, Jennifer Sommer.

A story about the service will be posted Monday. An online memorial can be seen at www.poulsbomortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to the COPD Foundation, www.copdfoundation.org.

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