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Memorial held for fallen San Francisco firefighters

Sunday, June 03, 2012
Firefighters accompany two fire trucks carrying the caskets of San Francisco firefighters Anthony Valerio and Lt. Vincent A. Perez, Friday, June 10, 2011 to St. Marys Cathedral in San Francisco. For five blocks, hundreds of fire trucks lined Geary Boulevard two-by-two Friday morning. Procession outside St. Marys Cathedral. Friday, June 10, 2011. Mass inside St. Marys Cathedral. Friday, June 10, 2011. Mass inside St. Marys Cathedral. Friday, June 10, 2011. Firefighter funeral procession. Friday, June 10, 2011. Vigil held Thursday night for fallen firefighters

San Francisco firefighters honored on Saturday two of their own who died in the line of duty last year.

Lieutenant Vincent Perez and firefighter Anthony Valerio died fighting a house fire that started one year ago in the city's Diamond Heights District.

Firefighters held a public memorial Saturday morning at Station 26, just blocks from the fire, and where both men worked.

Fire officials blame the men's deaths on a flashover, a sudden flare up of heat caused when a window at the home shattered, sending a rush of oxygen to the flames.

Plaques in honor of Perez and Valerio were dedicated at the station, as well as a memorial garden there that was paid for by local businesses.

 

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