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""I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to make a better world for all mankind." That oath is what drives every actions the 126 takes. It's not perfect, and yeah, that may sometimes mean a little danger, but that's who we are."
—Tommy Vega[src]

Tommy Vega is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who is the paramedic captain in Station 126 located in Austin, Texas. She debuts in the first episode of the second season of 9-1-1: Lone Star and is portrayed by starring cast member Gina Torres.

History

Early Life

In 2012, she's working with the 121 as Paramedic Captain and she's sent on an emergency call with the 126, where we learn that she already knew Judd, about a woman who was yelling from the inside of her house. She starts treating her and when she asks Judd to help et her on the gurney, the woman starts screaming at Judd to get out of the house.

Later that year, she announces to Judd and Grace that she is pregnant and in 2013, she gives birth to Isabella and Evie. Her and Charles name Judd and Grace their babies' godparents.

Going Back to Work

In "Back in the Saddle", she comes back to work as a Paramedic Captain after Michelle quits and Charles had to close his restaurant due to COVID-19. She's the one who trained Michelle Blake. She froze during her first emergency call because of all the pressure she feels. She gets angry at Charles after her first 24 hours shift because she hasn't seen their daughters for 24h. In "2100°", she describes being back as "hell" to Grace because the last time she had this uniform on, her daughters weren't there and it was easy to be completely present in the job because she feels guilty about not being there with her daughters and not really being here, with her new team either.

New Paramedic

After Tim died, Tommy and Nancy need to find a new paramedic to join their team because they can't keep doing the job with only the two of them. They picked the three most qualified applicants and test them on the field, all three of them fail. Then, they find Pearce Risher who has a perfect record. During an emergency call in a minefield, Pearce refuses to go because he doesn't want to put his life in danger. Once they're back at the firehouse, Pearce tells Tommy that he can't work with the 126 because Tommy and Owen have a "cowboy culture" where they apparently enjoy going into danger head first and it's not for him at all. Nancy and Tommy start looking for another candidate in piles of applicants and Tommy find TK's application. She goes to see Owen and tells him about it.

Charles' Death

In "The Big Heat", Tommy comes back home after the fire at TK and Carlos' house and found Charles non-responsive in their living room. In "One Day", Tommy is doing CPR on Charles while she's calling 911. Charles is not breathing, he has no pulse, no reaction to sternal rub, cool to the touch and rigor has started to set in. Tommy quickly realises that Charles is gone and she asks the 911 dispatcher to tell the paramedics to not have their lights or sirens on because she doesn't want them to wake up her daughters. Tommy goes to their bedroom to change out of her uniform, and she tells the paramedics to take Charles' body to St Raymond's because she called ahead and a doctor, Mary Roberts, will do the postmortem. Then she goes to sit on the couch, sitting there and zoning out for the rest of the night.

The next morning, she starts to prepare breakfast for Evie and Isabella and when both girls wake up, they immediately ask where Charles is. Tommy answers that he couldn't be there now so she's the one cooking breakfast for them. Evie asks about the car that she heard during the night in the driveway and if that was Charles leaving and Tommy lie to them by saying that, yes it was him. Isabella asks if they had a fight and Tommy tells them no and that she's the one who's going to drive them to school. Evie asks why she's acting weird and Tommy says that she has to tell them something, wanting to tell them the truth but she stops herself before and tells them that there was an accident last night - the fire at the firehouse - and that's why she's here because she doesn't have to work for a while.

When she's at the hospital, Tommy calls Grace and asks if her and Judd can take care of the girls today and the couple accepts her request. She meets with Dr. Roberts who realizes that Charles is the one she'll have to do an autopsy on when they're both in the morgue. Tommy tells her that at first she thought it was a sudden stroke but there was no indicators so she thought it was most likely an aneurysm. Roberts tells Tommy that it would be better for her if she wasn't there during the autopsy and Tommy leaves to go sit outside the hospital on a bench where she sees Owen who tells her he's at the hospital for a check up on his cancer surgery. He asks her what she's doing here and she tells him she's here for a relative who's having a procedure downstairs. After Owen leaves, a man, George, comes up to Tommy and asks if he can sit next to her, she agrees and he starts telling her about his son who's in a coma and that doctors moved him in and that they want him to say goodbye to his son. He tells Tommy that he's too scared about going upstairs to say goodbye because he would probably faint and Tommy tells him that she'll accompany him there. Once they're in the ICU, George saw his ex-wife by their son's side and pulls out a gun out of his pocket, pointing it at his ex-wife because she wants to unplug their son. Tommy convinced the woman that the safest thing to do is say goodbye to her son and leaves the ICU before something bad happens. Tommy declares later that she knows his gun is just a toy gun and that it won't hold against the police when they breach the ICU.

While in the room, Tommy gets a call from Owen who asks her if she's still inside and tells her about the gunman in the hospital, she tells that she knows because she's looking right at him and that there's no need to worry because he only has a toy gun and that he's harmless. Tommy tells Owen that she needs him to buy them some time while she talks to George. They hang up and Tommy comes back to the room, telling George that he has to surrender because someone will get hurt. George asks her to give him more time and then asks her if she could anything to spend more time with a loved one that she lost, would she do it? Tommy says that yes, she would do anything. Tommy gets another call from Owen who tells her that she has ten minutes to get George to surrender but Tommy tells him that they changed their minds and that they're not coming out of the room and she quickly hangs up.

Later, Owen stops the SWAT and comes into the room, telling Tommy that she's not fine and that he knows what happened. Owen tells her that he understands that she wants George to experience the miracle she's never going to get. Owen says that Tommy absolutely has to leave the room because there's a lot of guns pointing at them right now, and that her daughters had already lost a parent and that they couldn't lose both of them. The SWAT team breaches the ICU and they arrest George and as she is watching George's ex-wife with their son - now awake - Tommy breaks down and starts crying while Owen is holding her.

Tommy goes back to the morgue and Dr. Roberts confirmed that Charles had an aneurysm and that she found a rupture in the subarachnoid space between the brain and the skull and that there was nothing that could've been done to avoid that. Tommy holds Charles' hand, hoping for him to squeeze it but nothing happens. At night, she comes to pick up her daughters at the Ryder's house and thank Grace and Judd for everything.

Life After Charles' Death

Two weeks after Charles' funeral, Tommy is at home with her daughters, Grace and Judd and she tells the couple that she received Charles' life insurance which is more than she expected and that with that, she decided to stop working and solely focus on her daughters. The next day, she meets up with TK and Nancy at her house and she explains to them that she won't be coming back to work but working with them was the greatest blessing of her professional career. Later that day, while they're watching the news with Tommy's daughters, they all manage to convince Tommy to go to work because people need her during the dust storm. While Carlos is taking care of her daughters, she goes to work with TK and Nancy and they save the life of the captain of the 129. Tommy is present at the firehouse when the 126 and co. go there to rebuild it and she tells Grace that the 126 are her people and her home and that she will find a way to keep working as Paramedic captain and take care of her daughters.

Personality

Relationships

Charles Vega

Before the show started, Charles and Tommy bought a new house together with three bedrooms and while Tommy is worried that they'll never be able to fill them, Charles is convinced of the opposite. Charles and Tommy try to get pregnant three times via IVF treatments and Tommy is heartbroken over the fact that she's not pregnant. Tommy tells Charles that she's tired of all of this and Charles tells her that they don't have to do all of this at all, that they can carry on being "ridiculously happy" on their own. Tommy tells him that she knows and she loves him for that but she wants to have a baby with him. During labour, Charles is present holding her hand through everything. Charles and Tommy are extremely supportive of each other. Charles understands why she's frustrated when she hasn't seen her daughters and that she doesn't have to apologise.

Evie and Isabella Vega

Evie and Isabella are Tommy and Charles' daughters. In "2100°", the girls are scared for Tommy because of the lava and Tommy feel guilty when she has to lie to them about paramedics only going to scene after the danger is over. In "Displaced", Tommy helps Evie trains for her black belt exam in Taekwondo because she promised her six months ago that she would be ready for the exam. She goes to the exam thanks to one of TK's idea but needs to leave because Charles tells her to think about how Evie would feel if her mum would come to see her but still had to leave if there was a call.

Grace Ryder

Tommy and Grace are very good friends. They meet when Tommy comes to her with Judd because she noticed how he looked at her. When Grace finds out that Tommy says that going back to work feels like "hell", Grace tells her that she'll fight everyone who made her feel like this. Grace also tells Tommy that "she's impossible not to love".

Judd Ryder

Tommy and Judd are very good friends. She's the one who made him go talk to Grace after she noticed how he looked at her. ("Saving Grace). In "2100°", he comforts her after they lost Tim when she feels guilty about the fact that the only interaction she had with him was when she scolded him and the fact that she lied to her daughters. In "Saving Grace", she's at Judd's bedside, waiting for him to wake up after the accident and she and Owen are the ones who tell him that Grace still haven't wake up. Later, she comforts him about Grace and tells him that Grace is strong and that she will wake up. She hugs Judd when he tells them that Grace is pregnant.

Owen Strand

Owen and Tommy are friends. She checks on him when he was rescued after the helicopter crash because she felt like he needed a friend when they talked to each other on the phone. Tommy is the first person who learns about Gwyn's pregnancy as Owen asks her questions about her pregnancy.

Tim Rosewater

Tommy and Tim argues after he made a promise to a little boy that his dad was going to be fine and how he shouldn't have done that because you never know what could've happen. Tim said that he just wanted to make the boy feels better and Tommy answers that he was just trying to make himself feel better.

Trivia

  • It's a possibility that she adopted Tim's cat, Buster, after Tim died in "2100°".
  • She lives at 5674 Merriman Drive. ("One Day")

Appearances

Season Two
"Back in the Saddle" "2100°" "Hold the Line" "Friends With Benefits" "Difficult Conversations"
"Everyone and Their Brother" "Displaced" "Bad Call" "Saving Grace" "A Little Help From My Friends"
"Slow Burn" "The Big Heat" "One Day" "Dust to Dust"

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