Thomas (Tommy) Perez Tommy Perez is a Cedar Hill Firefighter who on May 30, 2017, experienced a medical emergency that later involved hospitalization. Tommy went to work on his regular shift and began to feel sick throughout his shift. He carried on throughout the shift thinking that his illness was just a run of the mill bug. Tommy completed his shift and said that he had felt better the next morning while drinking coffee with his crew at shift change. He carried on about his first day off and went to his part time job at a local emergent care ER. Throughout the day he began to fill sick again with the same symptoms experienced the day before. Management at his part time job sent him home due to his illness. Tommy then went to go run a few errands and pick up some over the counter medications before heading home. Near the time that he made it home, he realized that his condition had worsened and needed emergent care for himself. He then drove to his assigned station, which was within 15 minutes of his apartment. Upon arrival at the Fire Station, Tommy was unable to speak and was only able to communicate through written messages for the on-duty crew. The Medic crew then transported Tommy to Charlton Methodist Medical Center ED where he was later put under sedation and intubated due to laryngeal spasms and other airway problems. After a short time, he was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. He would stay intubated until the next morning when he was able to come out of sedation but remained intubated. Later that same evening, he had what was diagnosed as a “cardiac event.” He was then put back under sedation and remained to be so for the next 11 days. Finally, the doctors found a diagnosis of the Coxsackie B Virus and confirmed there were no other medical issues that would prevent Tommy from being extubated as soon as possible. The doctors worked aggressively to pull him out of sedation and off of the IV drip medications. Once Tommy had been extubated he made enough progress in his recovery to be able to be discharged from the hospital.
Tommy still has a long road of recovery left as he will have to complete a minimum of 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation in order to return to duty. Fortunately, Tommy is now home and doing his best at becoming fully healthy again.
Tommy is a 13 year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic at the Cedar Hill Fire Department. Besides his regular obligation to report to shift, Tommy also is a member of the Bike Medic Team for the Department. Tommy goes above and beyond to provide the absolute best patient advocacy in his paramedic role. Tommy is proficient in his craft as a veteran firefighter on fire ground operations. While at and away from work, he strives to stay fit and has competed in IronMan events around the country. Tommy is a proud father of two young men who are 18 and 21. He is a member of The Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, Texas. Tommy is the rock of his crew and the most supportive member of the cast. He is a warm, fun-loving, hug-not-handshake, kind of guy! Tommy is also Judge Judy’s #1 fan and the first time he ever missed an episode was the day he went to the hospital. However we do have them recorded for him at the station… Help us support our Brother Tommy in his difficult time he is enduring.