Gearhart man’s fight for life

Tom Thies

Gearhart resident Tom Thies was invoked at Sunday’s 100th anniversary at the firehouse.

Thies suffered a massive pulmonary embolism in the emergency room at Providence Seaside Hospital on Dec. 17. He was flown by Life Flight to Providence St. Vincent in Portland, where he remains in the intensive care unit. Sunday marked his 13th day on a ventilator, his sister-in-law Lois Zirbel said.

Thies served on the Gearhart city council and planning commission. He is a committee member for the new fire station in Gearhart.

“Tom’s a pretty special guy,” City Administrator Chad Sweet said Sunday. “To me he’s one of my trusted advisers. And he is one of the only guys to go to every single meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council. He keeps an eye on the city. He does a good job with that. He’s got a lot of good ideas and I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.”

Tom and his wife Stacy own Thies’ Green Thumb landscaping business. He and his wife have helped raise thousands for the March of Dimes, Zirbel said, among civic efforts.

Visit to help meet medical costs.

“Tom is a hard-working man and any help would be appreciated,” Sweet said.


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