We regret to pass on that a San Francisco Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this morning after falling three stories during a drill at a department training facility. Firefighter Paramedic Jason Cortez, 42, fell at least 30 feet, initially reported as from a ladder during a training drill.
FF/PM Cortez, the son of a retired San Francisco firefighter, was married and had two children, and was a 13-year veteran of the department.
One report is that FF/PM Cortez had one foot on the balcony on the side of a brick training tower and one foot on a ladder. He was apparently in the process of hooking up a line when he was overwhelmed by the unexpected force from a stream of water.
Members immediately tried to revive him at the scene and was rushed to San Francisco General and was pronounced dead. Much more to follow.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.