Community Rallies to Bring Garland Firefighter Back Home

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GARLAND, TX -- Garland firefighter Randy Baker is used to saving lives.

“He`s served as a firefighter, a lieutenant, a paramedic, and is presently serving as Captain of Garland Fire Department Station 5,” Garland Firefighters Association president David Riggs said.

Baker, father of two, has been fighting fires for the past 24 years.

“Randy has been a firefighter who has been there to answer the call.” Now, his colleagues are calling on people to help Baker, who suffered a heart attacked while on a cruise. Not fit enough to fly, Baker is stuck in Cozumel.

Back home in Garland, his firefighter family is trying to raise enough case to get Baker back home.

“The Garland Firefighters Association has started a go fund me page, Randy Baker get home,” Riggs said.

The association is asking for $50,000 to help cover medical expenses and to charter a med vac flight to bring him to Baylor Medical Center.

“And that's where he will receive the care that he needs to rehab from his heart attack," Riggs explained.

Bakers' son and daughter are with him now in Mexico, trying to get this long time firefighter back on his feet.

Back at Baker’s fire house, his gear is ready to go, waiting for this first responder to get back into the fight.

“If you can help us make that happen, Garland Firefighters Association would be extremely appreciative of your assistance," Riggs said.