Firefighter Memorial Wall To be Unveiled

By Sasha Lekach
|  Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 11:19 AM PDT
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Firefighter Memorial Wall To be Unveiled

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The two San Francisco firefighters that died in the line of duty while battling a Diamond Heights house fire in June will be honored this afternoon at an unveiling of a memorial wall, San Francisco fire officials said.

A marble wall at the fire department's headquarters will be unveiled to display the names of Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, at 4 p.m.

The two firefighters perished after a flashover explosion at a house fire at 133 Berkeley Way on June 2. Perez died that day, while Valerio died two days later. Both were badly burned.

Dignitaries, families, friends and coworkers of the two firefighters will attend the dedication ceremony, fire officials said. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is expected to be at the unveiling, which will be held at 698 Second St. in San Francisco.

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