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San Francisco Firefighter/Paramedic Dies After Fall During Training

Firefighter Paramedic Jason Cortez (department photo)

FirefighterNation Staff

SAN FRANCISCO – KTVU reports that a San Francisco firefighter died Wednesday morning in a training accident.

San Francisco Fire Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter confirmed the identity of as that of Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Cortez.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Firefighter/Paramedic (FF/PM) Jason Cortez, who passed away…

Posted by San Francisco Fire Department on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Baxter said around 10 a.m. Cortez was injured around during a drill at the Division of Training at 19th and Folsom Streets. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

KNTV reported that Cortez fell approximately three stories while straddling a ladder and balcony.

Firefighter/Paramedic Cortez had been with the department for 13 years, first as a paramedic and then as a firefighter.

Cortez is a father, husband, and son of a retired San Francisco firefighter.