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USFA: Texas On-Duty Death

Houston captain had been fighting COVID-19 for a month

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain Thomas Searcy, 45, of the Houston Fire Department on September 8, 2020.

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Captain Thomas Searcy was battling COVID-19 when he passed away in the Intensive Care Unit at the Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had been hospitalized for a month fighting the virus. Captain Searcy contracted COVID-19 from exposure in the workplace from numerous fire and EMS calls he responded to where individuals had been diagnosed with the disease.

Tribute is being paid to Captain Searcy at

To date, 60 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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