Tom leaves firefighting job to become a motivational speaker

Survivor Palau winner Tom Westman is leaving his job as a New York City firefighter as of August 4. Tom, who’s been on leave since he won the show in May, “has hired an agent and hopes to become a motivational speaker, mining leadership skills he honed as one of New York’s Bravest,” the New York Daily News reports.

Tom has spent his time since the show lobbying Congress and guesting on The Bold and the Beautiful, among other things. But now, after 20 years as a firefighter, he says, “My wife felt 20 years and out was the smart way out of this.”

‘Survivor’ winner leaving FDNY [New York Daily News]

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