Houston Mayor Annise Parker Welcomes HFD Chief

Chief Cites Texas Medical Center, Family Decision to Stay in Houston

Houston Mayor Annise Parker today confirmed that Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison has reversed his decision to resign and will remain in his current position.

Chief Garrison cited his infant grandchild’s medical needs and the distance to Phoenix as reasons for his resignation, however his entire family has now decided to move to Houston.

“We initially felt Phoenix was the best place logistically to care for our grandson. However, shortly after submitting my resignation, there was a major change in his health care needs that makes Houston and the Texas Medical Center our best hope in moving Jack’s health in a positive direction,” said Chief Garrison in his letter to HFD members. “I look forward to continuing as Fire Chief of this great city and I am comforted knowing that my family will be embraced in the same manner.”

They came to this decision largely due to the prestige of the Texas Medical Center, which will help his grandchild receive necessary treatment.

“Chief Garrison has made great strides for our fire department, and while I know of his family’s hardships, I welcome his decision to stay in Houston to keep that momentum going,” said Mayor Parker. “His family will have access to the best resources in the medical field, and that is part of what makes our city great.”

HFD Garrison’s family will relocate to Houston in the next few months.

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