Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The City of Houston Mourns the Death of HFD Captain Tommy Searcy



The Houston Fire Department is saddened to report Captain Tommy Searcy, 45, has lost his battle with Coronavirus / Covid-19 this afternoon, September 8, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands. He entered the department in August of 2002 and was promoted to Captain in 2013. Searcy served most of his career (2003 – 2013) at Fire Station 46 in Southeast Houston. In 2014 he was assigned to Fire Station 67 in Northwest Houston where he last served.  Searcy is a father of three and has a twin brother who is also a Houston Firefighter.
 
“The Houston Fire Department is devastated by the loss of one of our most outstanding fire officers," says Chief Sam Peña. "Tommy was a highly decorated 18-year veteran, an exceptional firefighter, a selfless teammate, and a tireless public servant. 

"Our thoughts are with his family and the entire HFD as they grieve his passing.  We would like to thank the community for their amazing show of support and prayers for Captain Searcy and his family, and thank those members of HFD who went above and beyond in support of our fraternal brother. Houston firefighters will be shrouding their badges to honor his sacrifice and memory."
 
Captain Searcy is the third line-of duty-death due to Coronavirus / Covid-19 in the HFD.
 
Please, keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
 
Information regarding his services will be announced.

 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."