Heroes Among Us Series

The “Heroes Among Us” story series will be released twice monthly, featuring local heroes and organizations that exemplify the Totally Texas, All American spirit that is the fabric of the Gainesville Community. Stories are contributed by the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, Gainesville Independent School District, and North Central Texas College. Keep an eye out for the stories and see who we celebrate next!

Release is coordinated by the City of Gainesville. 

Heroes Among Us



A graduate of Gainesville High School, North Central Texas College Alumni, United States Air Force Veteran, twenty-six-year Federal Aviation Administration employee, former Gainesville ISD School Board Trustee, current Gainesville City Councilmember, and President of the Medal of Honor Host City Program… it’s a mouthful.  It is also Tommy Moore’s impressive and extensive resume. 

Tommy Moore’s roots are deep in Gainesville, where he grew up, graduated high school, and met his wife, Paula.  After graduation, Tommy joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. A deployment took him to the United Arab Emirates, where he served for more than six months during Desert Storm.  

Since his return to Gainesville in 1991, with his wife and first daughter in tow, Tommy has embedded himself further into the community.  Tommy was so dedicated to the vision and future of the Gainesville Independent School District that he served as a Trustee on the Gainesville ISD School Board for eight years.  His wife works for Gainesville ISD and all three of his daughters completed their primary school careers in the Gainesville system. 

Tommy furthered his own education and obtained an Associate of Science Degree in 2000 from North Central Texas College here in Gainesville.

Now, with an interest in the community as a whole, Tommy serves as a City Councilmember, representing the citizens of Ward 5 in Gainesville since 2016.  His current term will end in May 2020.

Moore also chairs the Medal of Honor Host City Program, a cause near and dear to his heart.  Tommy has been involved with the program for many years prior to being named President and spends his personal time, along with other board members and program volunteers, developing and enhancing the program.  He has spearheaded the recent initiative to bring a museum and living history center dedicated to the Medal of Honor program and recipients to the Gainesville area. 

Speaking of personal time, you won’t find a dad that’s prouder of his three accomplished daughters.  Tommy and Paula have definitely done something right – Brittanye recently obtained her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Morgan was named the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Director in April 2018, and Jordan just landed her first job following graduation at Texas A&M University as a Records Technician with the College Station Police Department as she prepares for law school.

Tommy said he serves to set an example for his daughters.  “When Paula and I moved back to Gainesville we joined a church and got involved by teaching Sunday school. We have always felt it was important to serve in the community in which you live in some capacity. We also wanted to set the example for our daughters that you need to give back in your community by serving. We value education and places that improve quality of life for Gainesville. I have been fortunate to serve in many areas of Gainesville.”

You’ll see Tommy at the upcoming City of Gainesville Veterans Day Commemoration and Fireworks Display, where you can thank him and other veterans from the area for their military service and community involvement.  The celebration takes place at the pavilion in Leonard Park on Sunday, November 11th and begins at 5:45 p.m.

Story contributed by Caitlyn Huddleston, City Secretary for the City of Gainesville.