Injured firefighter Brad Phipps has been released from the hospital after a monthslong stay following a massive fire at the Ingram Square Shopping Center, San Antonio Fire Department officials said Tuesday afternoon.
The four-alarm blaze claimed the life of firefighter Scott Deem on May 19.
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Fire Chief Charles Hood released the following statement about Phipps’ release:
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.”
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Phipps also released a statement to thank people in the community for their help and prayers:
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.”
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Phipps will continue his recovery and therapy process from his home.
The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association shared video of Phipps arriving home courtesy of the Bexar County 2 Fire Department Facebook page. It can be seen below.
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