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Vigil held for injured SJ firefighter

Sunday, September 02, 2012
Memorial for injured SJ firefighter Frank Ryan Vigil to be held for SJ firefighter Frank Ryan SJFD Francis Ryan San Jose firefighter Frank Ryan SJFD Francis Ryan

San Jose firefighters held a vigil late Sunday afternoon for one of their own, who's fighting for his life.

Firefighter Frank Ryan, 41, suffered a heart attack Thursday while battling a fire at Saint Patrick's Church. Ryan has served in the San Jose Fire Department for 15 years.

Dozens of Ryan's fellow firefighters, police officers, friends, family, and members of the community prayed for him outside Regional Medical Center. Many of those same first responders worked to revive Ryan after he collapsed on Thursday, and have also been keeping an around-the-clock vigil outside the hospital.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire that damaged Saint Patrick's Church.

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