UT Health East Texas EMS released this statement Thursday evening in regards to the tragic loss of one of their own:

We are devastated by the loss of UT Health East Texas EMS Paramedic David Eads. David served others through his skills as a dedicated paramedic for over 24 years, touching countless lives.

David joined UT Health East Texas EMS in December of 2020 and he served the Tyler/Smith County area as a lead paramedic.

“David was the kind of medic who had the perfect balance of competency and compassion,” said Dr. Yagnesh Desai, UT Health East Texas EMS Medical Director. “He was a medic who cared for the whole person, not just the immediate medical need.”

Recently, David could be seen working standby at high school football games, where he posed for pictures with the players, fans and mascots. David’s commitment to his profession was profound, as he always sought out more education to provide the best care for his patients.

“David was the kind of person that made you feel better simply by being around him,” said John Smith, CEO of UT Health East Texas EMS. “He had a way of making those around him better because of his huge heart for EMS and concern over his patients.”

This tragic loss is felt across our entire organization. The unit designation 809 will be retired and removed from service in his honor.

Continued prayers for all.