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TSAFF Chief of Staff Mike Higgins

March 2, 2015

Brothers and Sisters, 

It is with deep personal regret that I inform you of Texas State Association Chief of Staff/Legislative Director Mike Higgins’ death. Mike passed away peacefully this morning at his home surrounded by his family after a long illness. Each of us grieve the passing of a tremendous individual, tireless defender, and advocate of Professional Fire Fighters across Texas. We also collectively grieve the heartache and loss for his family of a husband, father, and grandfather.

Mike began his career as a firefighter/paramedic with the Sherman Fire Department in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s Mike developed an awareness and passion for the legislative process regarding the health, safety and well-being of fire fighters. Mike made it his mission to assist in issues where legislation would protect and benefit fire fighters. In 1988 Mike began working with the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters and since has become a tireless advocate and champion for fire fighters across the state of Texas. 

Mike’s loss is felt both personally and professionally throughout Texas. Many who call him friend and brother will deeply miss his friendship and wisdom.

The Higgins family deeply appreciates the prayers on their behalf and the countless acts of service and kindness that have been extended to their family during Mike’s illness.

Please continue to keep Mike’s wife Peggy, and their children, Hillary, Kathryn and Steven in your thoughts and prayers as they walk through this difficult time of loss.

The Cook-Walden Funeral Home (6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX, 512-545-5611) is serving the family and arrangements are pending at this time.

Grace & Peace,


Chris Hale

TSAFF Chaplain



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