A recent tribute posted on the Edmond Fire Department’s official Facebook page declared that the wives are the “real heroes.”
In addition to the ways they support their husbands who put their lives on the line to serve Edmond citizens, they are mothers who support their children. On Sunday, Americans will honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.
The Edmond Sun takes this opportunity to shed light on these unsung heroes — that is heroines — the wives of our city’s firefighters and police officers.
‘I LOVE THE GIGGLES’
Greg and Tammy Westermier were married in June 1987. They raised four children — Cody, 22, Tyler, 8, Tierney, 8, and Amanda, who would have been 26 next month.
Greg, currently a captain, was hired by the Edmond Fire Department in 1992. He responded to the Oklahoma City bombing and to the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, where he helped search for victims in Plaza Towers Elementary.
“I worried about the death and devastation he would see,” Tammy said. “I know his occupation. He sees this often, but I was particularly worried about this event because of the loss of children’s lives. There is nothing worse than the loss of a child. I don’t even know what to compare it to.”
On April 19, 2003, the Westermiers’ daughter Amanda was injured in a rodeo accident that ultimately claimed her life.
“Our firefighter family met our every need during my daughter’s six-day stay at OU Trauma Center in Oklahoma City,” Tammy said. “They were by our side every minute and met any need we had before and after her funeral. In fact, they continue to support us to this very day.”
Tyler and Tierney are active in sports and their dad coaches their little league teams. Tammy works at their elementary school and is very involved in their school activities.
Tammy said the best thing about being a mom is everything including knowing her kids are happy.
“I love the giggles and the laughter,” she said. “I love the kisses and the hugs, hearing my kids use the words ‘I love you.’ There isn’t much I don’t love about being a mom.”