If you didn’t know what LODD was before now, consider yourself lucky.  LODD stands for Line Of Duty Death.

Earlier today, the San Francisco Fire Department lost, by all accounts, a fantastic Lieutenant in Vincent Perez.  Lt. Perez, along with Firefighter/Paramedic Tony Valerio (who is critically injured and fighting for his life), were battling a large house fire in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco.  They, along with at least one other firefighter, were caught in a flash over.

As a reader in the comments has explained to me, a flashover is when everything in the room reaches its ignition temperature all at once.  I can only imagine it would equate to a massive ball of fire.

Lt. Perez succumbed to his injuries.  FF Valerio (at the time of this writing) is in an induced coma.  The third firefighter also suffered injuries, but is purportedly going to be okay.

Any time a first responder is taken in the line of duty, the rest of us feel it.  We are family.  The camaraderie that exists in this line of work is like no other.  I never met either Lt. Perez or FF Valerio, but it doesn’t matter.  I will be at whatever services are held for them because we are family.  I will pray for them and for their families.  I will pray for the SFFD.  I will pray for my friend, HM.  I will mourn with my family and I will thank God for the lives of these men.  I will never understand the will of God.  But, I have seen his mercy and grace.  I must have faith in times such as these.

I have to believe there is a special place for first responders in God’s Kingdom.

Your continued support and prayers are most definitely appreciated.

I’ll return to regular posting tomorrow.  For tonight, consider this a moment of silence.

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4 thoughts on “SFFD LODD

  1. For what it’s worth, a backdraft is when the oxygen is introduced suddenly & causes the fire to rapidly surge back to live. Flashover is when everything in the room or structure reaches its ignition temperature all at once. Both are extremely bad situations.

    Rest easy to Lt. Perez – we’ve got it from here – and FF/EMT-P Valerio and his colleague are in my thoughts tonight.

    Jason Low, FF/EMT-A, Redwood Meadows, Alberta, Canada

  2. sorry for the loss of Lt. Perez. and also a big thank you to all the men and women who do their best everyday to protect all of us

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