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.