HOUSTON — The Houston community is mourning the death of Houston Fire Captain Tommy Searcy, who died from COVID-19.

Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement on Searcy’s death.

“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,” said Turner.  “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.”