If you didn’t know what LODD was before now, consider yourself lucky. Â LODD stands for Line Of Duty Death.
Earlier today, the San Francisco Fire Department lost, by all accounts, a fantastic Lieutenant in Vincent Perez. Â 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. Â 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. Â I can only imagine it would equate to a massive ball of fire.
Lt. Perez succumbed to his injuries. Â FF Valerio (at the time of this writing) is in an induced coma. Â 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. Â We are family. Â The camaraderie that exists in this line of work is like no other. Â I never met either Lt. Perez or FF Valerio, but it doesn’t matter. Â I will be at whatever services are held for them because we are family. Â I will pray for them and for their families. Â I will pray for the SFFD. Â I will pray for my friend, HM. Â I will mourn with my family and I will thank God for the lives of these men. Â I will never understand the will of God. Â But, I have seen his mercy and grace. Â 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. Â For tonight, consider this a moment of silence.