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Coit Tower To Honor SFFD

Coit Tower goes red for fallen firefighters



    The death of two of their own brings about acts of kindness from throughout the Bay Area. (Published Monday, June 6, 2011)

    Love and support is pouring into the family and co-workers of the two San Francisco firefighters who were killed fighting a house fire in the City's Diamond Heights district last week.

    Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, died two days apart after getting caught in a flashover as they battled a fire in a four story home on 133 Berkeley Way last Thursday.

    They both worked out of Station 26 in the City which has become a gathering spot for fellow firefighters and members of the community to gather and mourn the loss. For example, San Jose firefighters brought up food for 200 people on Monday.

    "The outpouring of love and support from our Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service, other uniformed services, as well as the community is very much appreciated at this difficult time," said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

    The city has announced that Perez and Valerio will be remembered in a joint funeral on Friday at St. Mary's Cathedral. Both men will be buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said much of the City will be able to see another honor for both men this week. Coit Tower will be illuminated in red this week in honor what he calls the "San Francisco Department heroes."

    "Coit Tower and its storied history with the San Francisco Fire Department is a fitting location to offer a tribute to honor both Lieutenant Vincent Perez and Firefighter Anthony Valerio, two firefighters who dedicated their lives to protecting the people of San Francisco," said Lee. 

    Coit Tower will be lit red starting Tuesday evening until Friday evening.