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Tom Westman
40, Sayville, NY
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Contestant-related press and rumors
Date Story Source
January 26, 2005 - "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." - Jeff Probst's pre-game comments on the contestants, from the official CBS site.
January 14, 2005 - New poster GinaS4110 pops in to tell a tale about Tom.
Note: We're suspicious that this post may be a complete fake. Read at your own risk.

" It starts off like Robinson Crusoe with no food or knifes, only a map with directions. They walked hours to find a camp and Tom said it was tough but he followed a young guy around who acted like the leader. He was disappointed with some of the guys and tried to rally them together and tried to explain to to them that a firefighter has brothers, not co workers and if they stick together they can accomplish anything. The younger guys didn't care and hooked up with the girls.
  He looks very healthy and said it was worth the experience but he would do it again differently. That's all I have."
- Survivor Sucks EZ board.
December 17, 2004 - Name revealed by "Anonymous" on the S10 Contestant Confirmator. - SNN
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."
- DS/USA web site
- 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. - WireImage

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