Firefighter dies after falling multiple stories during training incident, San Francisco Fire Dept. officials say

  • Source: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
  • Published: 10/08/2020 12:00 AM

A firefighter-paramedic has died after a training incident on Wednesday morning, San Francisco Fire Department officials said. Officials say the firefighter was at a SFFD training facility on 19th and Folsom Street when he fell three stories, causing severe head injuries. SFFD Lt. Jonathan Baxter said the firefighter was transferred to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he died before 11 a.m. Lt. Baxter identified the victim as 42-year-old Jason Cortez. "This is a very trying time," Lt. Baxter said, describing Cortez as a paramedic who had been with the department since 2007 and was currently stationed in the Tenderloin. Cortez was a firefighter-paramedic, advocate for public safety, father, husband and a son of a retired SF firefighter. "He's a friend to all, he's an advocate for public safety, he's a father to two children, a husband to an amazing wife; and a child to a retired San Francisco firefighter," he said of Cortez.


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