Tidd to speak at first responder ceremony today at REK

Uvalde High School NJROTC instructor Lt. Paul Tidd, retired from the U.S. Navy, will be the featured speaker today when Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary hosts a first responders’ recognition ceremony and luncheon in observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The ceremony is set from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the chapel at REK’s Uvalde facility at 220 S. Getty St. The luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the family center.

Hawaiian-born and Florida-raised, Tidd is a second-generation Naval officer. He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1983.

Lt. Tidd’s resume includes time at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, where his roles included crime scene technician, forensic unit supervisor, deputy sheriff, detective and dive team member.

Tidd was twice deployed to Guantanamo Bay and had other assignments across the United States.

He retired from the Navy in March of 2019 and now works as the senior naval science instructor at Uvalde High School. His military honors include eight Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, six Overseas Service Ribbons, two Meritorious Unit Commendations and various unit, campaign and service awards.

(Photo:Lt. Paul Tidd at his desk at Uvalde High School. Spring of 2019 file photo by Uvalde High School journalism student Estevan Ortega.)



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