Thomas Barbieri – The Guy Who Gives Out Garage Tickets
Thomas Barbieri takes great pleasure in helping others, and knows that though many patients may only know him as the guy handing out garage tickets, he is part of Penn Medicine’s ongoing effort to foster a culture of service.
Army Specialist Thomas J. Barbieri of North Potomac was tragically killed by small arms enemy fire while serving with the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 2d Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg North Carolina.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Barbieri was a native of Grose Pointe Farms who earned both his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at Olivet College before enrolling at Eastern University for their master’s programs. Additionally, he taught various sports subjects while coaching them himself.
He was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina’s 1st Battalion of 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment’s 2nd Brigade for 82nd Airborne Division when he was killed by small arms enemy fire in southern Iraq on August 23, 2006.
Dr. Thomas Barbieri has 44 years of experience practicing diagnostic radiology at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. He accepts various insurance plans and graduated from Wayne State University; board certified specialist since 2007, numerous awards and honors won in his career, committed and reliable staff who care about patient health – these qualities make up Dr. Thomas Barbieri’s dedication and success in practice.
He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and considered it his second family, according to his father’s account. “He died doing what he wanted,” said Reilly.
Tom Barbieri felt himself starting to sweat as he waited in the Hugh B. Bain Middle School auditorium for what he thought would be an appointment with Peter Nero, superintendent of his district.
He was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14, yet never allowed it to hinder him from playing and coaching sports, or serving as an EMT with the Rockville volunteer fire department. Additionally, he had three sons, one granddaughter, several nieces, nephews, cousins and close family friends whom he was dearly loved as a husband, father and friend.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Barbieri enjoyed learning, particularly military history, which drove him to join the Army and become a paratrooper. He served with 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 2nd Brigade Combat Team of 82nd Airborne Division before his tragic death August 23, 2006 while deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force Thunder. Thomas was 24 years old at that time.
He was honored posthumously with the Silver Star for his gallantry during combat operations – his patrol encountered enemy small arms fire and he exposed himself in order to save others by risking his own life and risking his own.
Friends and family fondly remember him as having an unforgettable personality with an infectious sense of humor, volunteering for the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department before his untimely passing. His death was truly tragic.
Thomas Barbieri was raised in Grose Pointe Farms, Michigan as the son of Adelaide and Lawrence Barbieri. He graduated from Servite High School and Olivet College before receiving a Masters in Education Leadership degree from Eastern University. Since then he has served as both educator and coach, having overseen multiple sports leagues. Thomas has been happily married to Elaine Winey for over three decades; they share two sons, Lawrence and Joseph respectively as well as one grandson.
Specialist Barbieri served with the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of Fort Bragg’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and considered his unit like another family, according to his father. Monsignor John F. Myslinski delivered a moving homily where he commended Barbieri’s courage in giving his life so others may live.
Barbieri conducts lie detector tests during his show and those who fail to answer his questions or abandon the test are publicly exposed on camera. Furthermore, he often shares his opinions regarding guests’ responses.
Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle famously nicknamed him The Razor Voice due to his raspy delivery and “no-nonsense” approach in interviews. Alongside fellow host Tom Tolbert, they hosted KNBR’s PM drive-time show until Herb’s departure in April 2012.
Barbieri filed a discrimination claim against Cumulus Media’s sports talk radio station KNBR alleging discrimination due to age and disabilities. At 66 when fired, Barbieri takes 81 pills each day to treat his diabetes; and has given birth to Tayte Ali with both egg donation and surrogacy arrangements.