An estimated 5,000 firefighters from around the country flocked to St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Friday to pay tribute to Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter/paramedic Anthony Valerio, who died from injuries sustained in a Diamond Heights house fire on June 2nd. The deaths represented the first time a San Francisco firefighter had been killed in the line of duty since 2003, the first from an actual fire since 1995, and the first multiple deaths from a single blaze since 1946.

KGO TV, which broadcast the funeral live, has put up raw video of the entire event. Here’s Mayor Ed Lee’s tribute, followed by links to remarks by family members and other video.

Video: Ed Lee, Relatives of Fallen Firefighters Pay Tribute at Funeral 13 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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