First Responder From Coral Springs Struck With COVID

Coral Springs First-Responder Struck With COVID

Peter Bazos. {Credit: GoFundMe}

By Kevin Deutsch

A first responder from Coral Springs is fighting for his life with a severe case of COVID-19, and his family is asking for the public’s help in aiding his recovery.

Peter Bazos, 57, a Correctional Probation Senior Officer for the state Department Of Corrections, attended Coral Springs High School and played football at Florida State University, leading an ultra-healthy lifestyle before COVID-19 struck him down, said daughter Nicole Bazos.

“We are more than anything asking for continuous prayers and anything that anyone can help with towards medical bills and therapy for his recovery process,” Bazos wrote on her father’s GoFundMe page. “Anyone that knows my dad knows he is the first to help someone in need. My dad has a heart of gold.”

Peter Bazos was recently admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 and double pneumonia. After six days, he was sent home with oxygen but soon suffered a severe stroke and was rushed back for life-saving care.

Bazos suffered a blood clot on the right side of his brain and is paralyzed on the left side of his body, his daughter said. Severe swelling on his brain led doctors to perform emergency surgery to relieve the pressure.

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His daughter said he is currently intubated and using a ventilator; his lungs are “still critical” due to COVID-19.

“Fortunately, my family and I were allowed one short visit where we were able to see my dad through the glass window,” said Nicole Bazos, who has a twin sister, Susanne. “We feel he knew we were there.”

Bazos said her family did not wish to make public whether her dad was vaccinated against COVID-19.

Peter Bazos, who formerly worked for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, had a countdown on his phone showing when he would be able to retire.

“We really do believe he’s going to be able to push through,” Nicole Bazos said. “But it’s been a nightmare we can’t wake up from right now.”

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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