SFFD Remembers Fallen Firefighters a Year Later

The San Francisco Fire Department is preparing for an emotional milestone.

By Jean Elle
|  Friday, Jun 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:40 AM PDT
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The San Francisco Fire Department prepares to honor the memory of Anthony Valerio and Vincent Perez, who died battling a house fire in Diamond Heights nearly a year ago.

The San Francisco Fire Department prepares to honor the memory of Anthony Valerio and Vincent Perez, who died battling a house fire in Diamond Heights nearly a year ago.

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The San Francisco Fire Department is preparing for an emotional milestone.

Two firefighters were killed while battling a house fire in Diamond Heights nearly one year ago.

Anthony Valerio and Vincent Perez died when a window broke, sending a super heated flashover up the stairs where they were working.

Their colleagues at Station 26 will open the doors to the firehouse Saturday for a public memorial, garden dedication and barbeque in their honor.

Firefighters who worked with the duo at Station 26 say it doesn't feel like a year since their brothers passed. They say reporting to work delivers fond memories and haunting reminders about what happened.

The Diamond Heights business community paid for the garden installation. Giving firefighters and family a peaceful place to reflect and remember Vinnie and Tony.

The garden dedication and community gathering begins 10:30 at Station 26 with a moment of silence at 10:58.

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