In memory and honor of Porterville Fire Captain Raymond Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones, who both lost their lives battling the Porterville Library Fire one year ago, at 4 p.m. sharp on Thursday the Porterville Fire Department (PFD) released a highly anticipated video commemorating the two heroes.
The fire destroyed the Porterville Library on February 18, 2020.
Opening with footage of PFD personnel fighting the tragic blaze of the Porterville Public Library fire on February 18, 2020, the video packed an emotional punch that never let up.
Steve Walker, PFD Chaplain, began a prayer as the footage of the fire faded out. As he prayed for the remembrance of the two fallen heroes, the video cut to clips of photographs of Jones and Figueroa. After the prayer was over, the PFD Honor Guard presented their colors and fire axes, before the camera zoomed into the PFD insignia and broke to Porterville Fire Chief Dave Lapere, who spoke with raw emotion in his voice.