HOUSTON – Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of a Houston firefighter who died Wednesday after collapsing at the scene of a kitchen fire in southwest Houston.
Crews were called to an apartment complex in the 7500 block of Cook just after 8:30 a.m.
The fire, which was said to be cooking-related, was quickly contained.
Senior Captain Thomas W. Dillion, Fire Station 69, began to complain of chest pains, then collapsed.
The 49-year-old captain was rushed to West Houston Medical Center with CPR in progress, but could not be saved.
Capt. Dillion was the father of three children. He died on the day of his oldest son's 26th birthday.
“There is no greater bond for public servants in the fire service than to support a comrade,” said Executive Asst. Chief Rick Flanagan. “We come into these facilities in the communities that we serve and all of the area fire houses, and there is a bond – there is a non-ending bond. We anticipate coming to work that we want everyone to go home safe. This is one of the worst days of any firefighter’s life.”