Hero paramedic to serve as pallbearer for tornado victim

Dale Alexander, an Arlington firefighter and paramedic who lives in deCordova Ranch, has been asked by the family of Tommy Joe Martin to serve as a pallbearer today (Wednesday, May 22) at graveside services in Brock for Martin and his mother-in-law, Marjorie Ann Davis. Alexander and others came to the aid of Martin and Davis, as well as Martin’s wife, Betsy. The three were flung 300 yards when Davis’ home just outside deCordova Ranch was destroyed by the tornado. Betsy Martin is in a Fort Worth hospital with multiple injuries. Though a family member had thought Alexander had placed Betsy Martin in the back of his pick-up, it was actually Tommy, said Alexander, who happened to have emergency medical equipment with him and administered an IV to the mortally wounded man. Tommy died just as he was being placed in an ambulance, said Alexander.