Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement following the death of Houston Fire Captain Tommy Searcy.
“On behalf of the City of Houston, I extend condolences to the family of Houston Fire Captain Tommy Searcy, who passed away earlier today from complications of COVID-19. Capt. Searcy fought his illness with the same fierce bravery that he exhibited throughout his 18-year HFD career. Searcy’s family, HFD Chief Sam Pena, and fellow firefighters will undoubtedly miss his leadership and dedication to the fire department.
“We know that COVID-19 is a persistent and relentless virus that has ravaged our country and the Houston community. The City of Houston has now lost six municipal employees and three firefighters as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic.
“I encourage everyone to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently, and get tested. We must keep working together to save lives and stop the virus from spreading.”