Fallen Firefighters Joint Funeral Announced

Friday is sure to be an emotional day for San Francisco law enforcement.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The 2nd San Francisco firefighter who fought in Thursday's Fire Died today (Published Saturday, Jun 4, 2011)

    Funeral services will be held in San Francisco on Friday for two  firefighters who died in the line of duty fighting a Diamond Heights house  fire on Thursday, according to the fire department.

    On Friday at Saint Mary's Cathedral at 1111 Gough St., a joint  funeral will be held for firefighters Anthony Valerio, 53, and Lt. Vincent  Perez, 48, who died after fighting a house fire in San Francisco's Diamond  Heights neighborhood last week, a fire department dispatcher said.

    Further details about the funeral, including the time, are not yet  available, according to Saint Mary's Cathedral staff.

    Firefighter and paramedic Anthony "Tony" Valerio died Saturday,  two days after a fire at a four-story home at 133 Berkeley Way claimed the  life of his colleague Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, the fire department said.

    Both men were unmarried and had no children, Fire Chief Joanna  Hayes White said.

    The two men were badly burned when objects in the room they were  in heated to the point of ignition, a dangerous phenomenon known as  "flashover."

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    Valerio grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from El Camino High  School, City College of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. He  spent 13 years with the city's Department of Public Health and 14 years with  the fire department.

    Perez, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and 21-year veteran of  the fire department, died about an hour after firefighters responded to the  blaze at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday.

    A female firefighter also suffered smoke inhalation while fighting  the blaze, but she was treated at the hospital and released.

    The San Francisco firefighters union has established trust  accounts for the Perez and Valerio families at the San Francisco Fire Credit  Union. Donations can be sent to the credit union at 3201 California St., San  Francisco, 94118.

    Condolence messages can be sent to Fire Station 26, 80 Digby St.,  San Francisco, 94131.

    Bay City News