Tommy Searcy, Veteran Texas Firefighter, Dies at 45

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This obituary is a part of a sequence about individuals who have died within the coronavirus pandemic. Examine others here.

On their 18th birthday, after years of hanging round North Houston firehouses for enjoyable, Tommy Searcy and his twin brother, Tony, volunteered for the Westfield Hearth Division in Harris County, Texas. That was in 1993, after they have been simply graduating from highschool.

Each of them attended the firefighter coaching academy at San Jacinto Faculty in Pasadena, Texas. They joined a number of native volunteer {and professional} firms and rose by means of the ranks. Then they have been employed by the Houston Fire Department, the place each brothers have been promoted to senior captain.

Capt. Tommy Searcy, who final yr saved the lifetime of a colleague whereas extinguishing a home hearth, died on Sept. 8 in The Woodlands, Texas. He was 45. His brother Tony stated the trigger was issues of the novel coronavirus.

He was the third Houston firefighter whose dying was linked to Covid-19, Hearth Chief Samuel Peña stated. Amongst some 4,000 members of the pressure, greater than 250 have examined optimistic for the virus.

Twice this yr, Captain Searcy had been uncovered to the virus and quarantined however examined unfavorable. Feeling wanting breath on Aug. 4, he was taken to the hospital, the place he examined optimistic.

Tommy Wayne Searcy was born on Jan. 5, 1975, in Houston to Harold Wayne Searcy, a meals distributor, and Sin Cha (Cheoi) Searcy, the supervisor of a Goal retailer. He grew up in Aldine, close to Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental Airport).

As a freshman at MacArthur Excessive Faculty, he introduced to his brother, “Hey, we’re going to be firefighters.”

After commencement, he was licensed as an emergency medical technician and a paramedic and joined the Harris County Emergency Corps.

After changing into a firefighter, he labored at a number of hearth departments within the Houston space — in Lufkin, Bellaire and Westfield, the place he grew to become assistant chief. He even inspired a cousin to turn out to be a firefighter.

He joined the Houston Hearth Division in 2002 and spent most of his profession in Hearth Station 46, in southeast Houston. In 2013 he was promoted to captain, and a yr later he was assigned to Station 67 within the northwestern a part of the town.

He was chief of coaching for the Magnolia Hearth Division, the place he additionally volunteered.

Chief Peña described Captain Searcy as “an exceptional firefighter, a selfless teammate and a tireless public servant.”

His union, the Houston Skilled Hearth Fighters Affiliation, stated that for the aim of advantages, his dying can be declared as having occurred within the line of responsibility.

Along with his brother Tony, his survivors embody his mother and father; one other brother, Terry; and his daughters, Kaylin, Krista and Kinley.

Whereas Captain Searcey was within the hospital present process therapy, a take a look at the weekend earlier than he died occurred to return again unfavorable. His daughters have been allowed to go to him for the primary time in weeks.

“He wanted them to know,” Tony Searcey instructed KTRK-TV in Houston, “how much he cared about them and how much everybody else cared about him.”

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