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Family of probation officer battling COVID-19 in ICU trying to stay positive

In the last week the South Florida community lost two first responders to the coronavirus pandemic, and now an officer for the Florida Department of Corrections is in the ICU with COVID-19.
In the last week the South Florida community lost two first responders to the coronavirus pandemic, and now an officer for the Florida Department of Corrections is in the ICU with COVID-19.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – In the last week, the South Florida community lost two first responders to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now a probation officer for the Florida Department of Corrections is in the ICU with COVID-19.

Nicole and Susanne Bazos are twin sisters and self-proclaimed daddy’s girls.

Their father, Peter Bazos, or as they call him, “Positive Pete,” really does it all.

Nicole and Susanne Bazos are twin daughters of Florida Department of Corrections officer Peter Bazos. (Bazos family)

For close to 30 years, Peter Bazos has worked for the department of corrections.

To his family, he’s a coach, the dad with surprise flowers in hand, and the guy who takes the family dog to the vet.

So having him now at Broward Health North in an intensive care unit is extremely tough.

“It feels like a nightmare we can’t wake up from right now,” said Nicole Bazos.

Peter Bazos has COVID-19. He suffered from double pneumonia, initially spending six days in the hospital.

It was only 12 hours after being released that Peter Bazos was rushed back to the emergency room.

He suffered a stroke and is now partially paralyzed on the left side of his body.

“Once it hits home, it really puts a reality check and it’s been difficult, but like my sister says, we have hope,” said Susanne Bazos.

There are currently 381 people hospitalized in Broward Health facilities, with the vast majority of COVID-19 patients unvaccinated.

Broward Health’s intensive care unit is in overdrive, with a tired staff wearing thin.

The Bazos family, meanwhile, waits by the phone for his medical team with any good news.

Because of strict COVID-19 restrictions for hospital visits, the family can hardly see Peter Bazos, but are staying as positive as possible for their Positive Pete.

“We know you’re going to be OK one day, and one day soon, too,” said Susanne Bazos.

The family did get some good news, learning that Peter Bazos is slowly being weaned off a ventilator, though he still has a long recovery ahead.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with Peter Bazos’ medical expenses.

For information on where COVID-19 vaccines are available in South Florida, click here.


About the Author:

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.