ETMC tree lighting kicks off holiday season

KLTV Chief Meteorologist  Mark Scirto to light tree


East Texas Medical Center Tyler celebrated its 21st annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday, December 2, on the hospital's front lawn.  Santa Claus, two real reindeer and The Owens Elementary school choir were all part of the festivities.

KLTV Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto lighted the tree. This year, moments before he was about to go on the news he collapsed at the television station. He was rushed to ETMC by ETMC EMS where physicians discovered a brain tumor. The benign tumor was successfully removed by physicians with the ETMC Neurological Institute.

Scirto first joined KLTV in 1987 as the daybreak show meteorologist. In 1991, he moved to KPLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana before returning to KLTV as Chief Meterologist in 1994. Scirto has won numerous awards from the Associated Press including Best Weathercast and has been nominated for a Lone Star Emmy award.  Mark is a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. His wife Beth is a school teacher at Bishop T.K. Gorman Middle School. The Scirtos have four children and one grandchild, with another on the way!