The Houston Fire Department announced that Capt. Tommy Searcy, who since 2014 served at the station in Acres Homes, died Tuesday from COVID-19.
Searcy, 45, a father of three whose twin brother also is a Houston firefighter, is the third HFD firefighter to die from the disease after catching the coronavirus in the line of duty. The others were Leroy Lucio in July and Jerry Pacheco in August.
“The Houston Fire Department is devastated by the loss of one of our most outstanding firefighters,” Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said in a statement released by the department. “Tommy was a highly decorated 18-year veteran, an exceptional firefighter, a selfless teammate and a tireless public servant.”
According to HFD, Searcy joined the department in August 2002 and was promoted to captain in 2013. He spent the first decade of his career at Fire Station 46 in Southeast Houston before joining Station 67, located at 1616 W. Little York Rd., in 2014.
There have been a total of 1,430 COVID-19 cases in the 77088 zip code where the fire station is located, with at least 27 residents having died from the disease and 1,189 patients having recovered. In the City of Houston and Harris County, there have been a total of 111,525 cases of COVID-19, 1,453 related deaths and 96,347 recoveries.