Update 2 p.m.: Baker's remains are being moved via procession from the Texas Medical Center to Schmidt Funeral Home near 99 and Kingsland Blvd. at this time. The procession is expected to arrive at about 2:30 p.m. for those who would like to show their respects.
Originally posted at 1:41 p.m.: Harris County Emergency Services District 48 announced via Facebook Monday that Paramedic Gordon Baker lost his fight with COVID-19 and has died from his illness. Baker had been fighting the deadly disease for two months and was placed on a ventilator Nov. 6, but never recovered.
“Gordon touched countless lives throughout his almost 30-year career, as a caregiver, a mentor and a friend. Gordon’s clinical skill and compassion for his patients is unmatched as he treated every patient as he would his family,” the department announced via its Facebook page.
Baker had worked in emergency services for nearly 30 years in the Houston Metro area and a press release put out by the agency praised him for his skill at his job and his dedication to treating each patient as if that patient were a member of his family.
“He was a compassionate and caring paramedic who had an impact on countless lives during his career. His passing leaves a large void in the lives of his loved ones and everyone who knew him,” said HCESD 48 Interim Fire chief John Paetow.
The press release said Baker was an inspiration to his coworkers and while he was no longer there in person HCESD 48 would work to honor his legacy.
“It is with great sadness that Harris County ESD No. 48 announces the passing of Paramedic Gordon Baker. Gordon fought valiantly against the COVID virus, but in the end, he lost the battle. Gordon served with Harris County ESD No. 48 for 11-years. … Funeral arrangements are pending and we would like to ask everyone to pray for Gordon and those he has left behind,” Paetow said.
Editor’s Note: This story will be updated with information regarding funeral arrangements and how the community can support Baker’s family as it becomes available.