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LAFD Firefighter Loses Battle To COVID-19

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) extends its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter III/Paramedic (FF/PM) Jose M. Perez.  FF/PM Perez passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Saturday, July 25, 2020.  FF/PM Perez leaves behind a wife and three children.

FF/PM Perez began his career with the LAFD on December 8, 2003.  During his 16-year career, he was assigned to Fire Stations: 39, 52, 65, 33, and at Fire Station 21 for the last four years.  During the last 24 hours, many stories have been posted on social media about how Jose positively affected so many of our members.  His generosity and compassion never wavered, whether it was for a patient or for his fellow crew members.  One story that displayed Jose’s kindness and consideration comes from FF/PM David Chavez (FS 33"A"):

“Several years back after learning that a fellow Firefighter was experiencing some financial hardship and stress, Jose took it upon himself to purchase Disneyland passes for the Firefighter and his family. Jose's generosity did not end there, he then proceeded to accompany them to Disneyland along with his family and purchased all the meals of the day as well as souvenirs for the kids to take home.  That’s who Jose was!!!!”

All donations may be sent to the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighters fund: https://www.lafra.org/widows-orphans/.

The LAFD is grateful for the support from all agencies that were involved in honoring our brother Firefighter III/Paramedic Jose M. Perez on his journey from the hospital this past Saturday.  We would like to thank the La Palma Police Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol.

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