T.J. has been a Hooper plumber for 23 years and a foreman since 2006. Even before his lengthy plumbing career, T.J. gave of his time as a volunteer firefighter for the Poynette Dekorra Fire Department. In 2022, he received special recognition for nearly 30 years of service to the community.

T.J. said that one of the reasons he stayed with the fire department so long was the bond with his fellow firefighters, the people he met along the way, and the ability to make a difference in his community.