Injured SAFD firefighter Brad Phipps welcomed home by dozens of fellow first responders

Phipps injured during May 19 fire that killed fellow firefighter Scott Deem


San Antonio – When injured San Antonio Fire Department firefighter, Brad Phipps returned to his home on Tuesday, after spending more than two months in the hospital, he was greeted by dozens of first responders.

His fellow SAFD comrades lined up to shake his hand and wish him well.

A video posted on the Bexar County 2 Fire Department Facebook page, shows Phipps walking with assistance as he shook hands and received hugs.

Phipps was injured in a fire at the Ingram Park Square shopping center on May 19. That fire claimed the life of fellow firefighter, Scott Deem.

On Tuesday, the fire department released the following statement from SAFD Chief Charles Hood:

“On behalf of the entire SAFD family, we are overjoyed at the news that our beloved brother Brad is heading home today. This milestone is not only a testament to the spirit of a fighter that Brad embodies, but also to the exceptional medical care he received while at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center and the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The doctors and staff at these facilities truly are miracle workers; we as a community thank them for their dedication and commitment. Please join me in continuing to pray for Brad’s healing and recovery as he moves forward in this process.”

Phipps also asked that his statement be shared with the community:

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people of San Antonio for their amazing generosity and continued prayers. I am very happy to be able to go home to my family to continue my recovery. The love and support shown towards myself, Tina, and our boys by my fire family with the SAFD and District 2 Fire & Rescue has been overwhelming. They truly are family in every sense of the word."

Posted by Bexar County 2 Fire Department on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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