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Third Houston Firefighter Dies from COVID-19

Captain Tommy Searcy (

Captain Searcy died after a
month-long battle

Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, with permission

HOUSTON (Houston Chronicle) – A third Houston firefighter on Tuesday died after a monthlong battle with complications from the novel coronavirus, according to fire officials.

Captain Tommy Searcy, a 18-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department, died at a Woodlands hospital. The 45-year-old firefighter was assigned assigned to Station 67 in Acres Homes.

He was believed to have been sick since early August. Later in the month, the union was hosting a blood drive for Searcy to help with his recovery from the virus.

Searcy is survived by a family who include three daughters, a twin brother, also a HFD captain. Funeral arrangements are pending, officials said.

Since the onset of the pandemic, two other firefighters have died after contracting COVID-19. Jerry Pacheco died on Aug. 3 and Leroy Lucio died July 20. Each of the three deaths have been labeled as line of duty-related.