MIDLOTHIAN — Fellow police officers describe Mark Treibly — a parent of three who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of Pneumonia — as a person who deeply cares about the community he serves.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help the Midlothian Police officer, who is being treated at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, with medical bills as he continues to undergo treatment to fight the diagnosis. Treibly was admitted to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie on Tuesday and transferred to UMC Dallas on Wednesday. Since its creation on March 23, the GoFundMe account has raised $6,905 of its $7,500 goal.
“He grew up in Midlothian and has been a lifelong resident. His mother was a teacher at the school district. A lot of people know his mom, who has since retired,” Midlothian Police Department Capt. John Spann said. “He is just a good guy and will help anyone out. Very easy going.”
Spann added that Treibly is a very dedicated parent and is active in the lives of his children. Treibly has two daughters and a son in college.
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia.
“Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening,” the Mayo Clinic website stated. “It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.”
Spann also described Treibly as a dedicated officer that is meticulous at work.
“Part of what we look for in investigators is someone that is self-motivated and able to work on their own. They don’t need a lot of supervision and somebody there telling them what they need to do. They are good at getting the job done,” Spann said. “He is one that works extra hours. He does what it takes to get the cases done. He just recently put in a lot of extra hours — they are not mandatory — to get a warrant issued for a sexual predator. Since then, [the suspect] has been arrested down in San Antonio.”
Spann said cases like that hit home with officers, especially when they have a family of their own like Treibly. He added that Treibly “didn’t waste any time to get a warrant issued for this guy.”
Spann found out on March 13 that Treibly was not feeling well after an illness the latter had over the weekend and would not be coming into work. Treibly informed Spann that he had a doctor’s appointment set for that day.
“Later that morning I found out he was diagnosed with pneumonia. They gave him some kind of high dose of a strong antibiotic and were thinking that would knock the Pneumonia out,” Spann said. “The next morning I was advised he was getting sicker and went to the ER on Monday night. They admitted him Tuesday morning over at Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie. Once he got there, they started treating the Pneumonia aggressively.”
Spann said one of Treibly’s lungs had completely filled with fluid and the other lung was half filled. Later, the medical staff placed him on a ventilator.
He was transferred to Baylor in Dallas on Wednesday.
“From that point, they kept him on the ventilator and aggressively treated him. At one point they said that his kidneys were starting to fail. He hadn’t had anything to eat or drink (since Monday). He started having issues with the kidneys, so they started to do the dialysis treatment. That was yesterday (Thursday) that I heard about that,” Spann said. “This morning (Friday) I got a text that said there was a vast improvement. They were able to get some of the fluid out of the lungs and he is breathing better.”
Spann said in an email on Monday that Treibly’s condition has improved. He has been moved from the hospital’s intensive care unit to a regular patient room and is off the breathing machine.
Craig Civale, a Baylor University Medical Center public relations representative, said Tuesday that Treibly is listed in “good condition.”
Spann added that members of the department have stepped up to supply meals to Treibly’s family, and, while he in the hospital, Treibly’s parent are taking care of his children. Spann also noted the department is putting a system in place where city employees can donate sick time for Treibly to use.
“The police department is a big brotherhood and we have been fortunate here in Midlothian. The community has always been outstanding to us. I couldn’t think of a better place to work than Midlothian,” Spann said. “The biggest thing at this time is to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We have got the meals covered and everything. We are still early on. We don’t know what his long-term diagnosis is going to be. We are anticipating that he is going to be in the hospital for another week or so.”
Members of the community have shown their support for Treibly, his family and the police department on its official Facebook page by offering up words of encouragement, prayers and asking what they can do to help.
Luckey Wright asked for healing in her post for the Treibly.
“Dear Heavenly Father, please touch and heal this selfless public servant who time after time sacrificed himself and his life for the greater good,” Wright wrote. “Let doctors and individuals be astounded and amazed at his miraculous recovery and let his life be a living testimony for you Lord. Amen.”
People who wish to make a donation to help with the medical expense can visit the GoFundMe website at www.gofundme.com/ofcmarktreibly.
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