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San Francisco firefighter killed during training exercise

Jason Cortez (Source: San Francisco Fire Department)

Katie Dowd

SFGate, San Francisco

A San Francisco firefighter died Wednesday morning in a training accident in the city, the San Francisco Fire Department announced.

Firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez, 42, was participating in a training exercise at 19th and Folsom when he suffered an unspecified injury around 10 a.m. He was given medical attention at the scene before being transferred to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died. KTVU reports the accident involved a fall “from an elevated position.”

Cortez, the son of a retired San Francisco firefighter, leaves behind a wife and two children, Lt. Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a very trying time as Jason was well-liked in our department,” Baxter said.

Cortez joined the San Francisco Fire Department in 2007 as a paramedic and recently graduated from the fire academy as a firefighter-paramedic. He was assigned to “the busiest station in America,” Station 3 in the Tenderloin, Baxter said.

Members of the fire and police departments are currently gathered at the hospital awaiting a procession to the medical examiner’s office. San Francisco Mayor London Breed is also in attendance.

“At this time, we have a number of staff who are paying respects along with his family,” Baxter said. “We are thankful for all for the showing of support that has already come in.”


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