In Memory of Trevor Thom - EODCC Winner

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Honorably discharged Staff Sgt. Trevor Thom has posthumously placed first for the EOD Warrior Foundation’s inaugural EOD Community Challenge.

The EOD Community Challenge of 2014 kicked off with the intent to raise awareness about the incredible work EOD technicians do. This challenge presented the opportunity for those in the EOD community to share their stories, how it has personally affected them, and to raise funds for the nonprofit that honors fallen EOD warriors and provides assistance to wounded EOD warriors and the families of wounded and fallen EOD personnel.

Participants from across 39 states signed on for the challenge this year and one of its most cherished participants is a veteran who passed away during the course of the challenge.

Trevor Thom enlisted in the Air Force in 2003 for a six-year commitment, and a year later graduated from the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin AFB in 2004. Trevor’s six-year enlistment included three overseas tours, one of which was a six-month deployment to Iraq in 2008 where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Upon being honorably discharged in 2009, Trevor returned to Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2014, and was pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 2009, Trevor’s mission was to help veterans with the physical and emotional challenges he also faced. Trevor’s participation in the EOD Community Challenge was a way for him to reach those in his community and educate those who may not be aware of the EOD Community and the nonprofit that supports it.

On September 30, 2014, in the midst of his participation in the EOD Community Challenge, Trevor became suddenly ill and entered Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa where he was in the ICU in an induced coma. Two weeks into his illness Trevor had a brief rally where he was able to interact with his family and asked if he had reached his $1,000 fundraising goal in the EOD Community Challenge.

Trevor passed away on October 29, 2014, but in his honor, Trevor’s family carried on, working to ensure that his goal of raising $1,000 dollars was met. His goal of $1,000 was not only met, but was far exceeded with a grand total of $9,370 from a total of 106 donors helping in this effort.

The response from family, friends and the greater community that made memorial donations to Trevor’s EOD Community Challenge is a testament and tribute to the man Trevor was. Trevor’s deep concern for his EOD brothers and sisters created a wave of momentum that will be carried on to future efforts by the EOD Warrior Foundation and the EOD community.

Trevor Arlen Thom, born on May 17, 1985 in Des Moines, Iowa, will be celebrated for his military service, dedication to the EOD community and the man he was outside of the field. He had a love for the greater outdoors, tailgating at Iowa State football games, spending time with family and friends, and his bulldog Kirra.

Trevor’s legacy continues to live through his parents Andy and Lisa; sister Trisha Hasty; brother-in-law Forrest Hasty; those he served with during his six-year enlistment and those whom his story has touched during the EOD Community Challenge. 

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