A longtime Houston firefighter died this morning while on a call, but HFD said the death did not appear to be fire-related.
Senior Captain Thomas W. Dillion, 49, was on the scene of a small kitchen fire in the 8500 block of Cook Road about 8:30 this morning when he collapsed, HFD says.
He was taken to West Houston Medical Center Hospital and given CPR on the way, but was pronounced dead at the facility.
"The fire was quickly tapped out and there was no direct fire involvement with his condition," HFD says.
Dillion had been with HFD since June 1989. An ambulance, HFD says, transported his body "from the hospital to the Medical Examiner's Office with a wall of honor and procession."
"Senior Captain Dillion was an exemplary and well-respected firefighter during his 22-year HFD career," Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Jeff Caynon said.
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Dillion leaves behind a wife and three children.
Mayor Annise Parker said, "Today we lost a member of our family in the line of duty. His commitment to saving the lives and property of others is why we honor our firefighters' service. May Senior Captain Thomas W. Dillon rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in the support of the Houston Fire Department and the entire City of Houston."