Houston Fire Chief Decides to Stay Put

Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison has decided not to turn in his white helmet afterall.

He's changed his mind, and won't step aside as originally planned, Mayor Annise Parker announced Tuesday.

When he announced his plans to leave, Garrison said he wanted to be closer to his infant grandchild who was suffering from a medical condition in Phoenix.

"We initially felt Phoenix was the best place logistically to care for our grandson. However, shortly after submitting my resignation, there was a major change in his health care needs that makes Houston and the Texas Medical Center our best hope in moving Jack’s health in a positive direction,” said Chief Garrison in his letter to HFD members. “I look forward to continuing as Fire Chief of this great city and I am comforted knowing that my family will be embraced in the same manner.”

The mayor is pleased the chief is staying, and said in a statement: "Chief Garrison has made great strides for our fire department, and while I know of his family’s hardships, I welcome his decision to stay in Houston to keep that momentum going.. His family will have access to the best resources in the medical field, and that is part of what makes our city great.”