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Thousands remember fallen San Francisco firefighters

8:47 AM, Jun 10, 2011   |    comments
Lt. Vincent Perez, Anthony Valerio, photos courtesy San Francisco Fire Department
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Thousands of firefighters from around the country gathered in San Francisco to pay tribute to two city firefighters who died while battling a house fire.

Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio were remembered as heroes who gave their lives to save others at Friday's funeral service at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Gov. Brown, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi were among the attendees.

The service was to be followed by a large procession to Holy Cross Cemetery in nearby Colma. Authorities planned to close several downtown streets and a portion of southbound Interstate 280 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The 48-year-old Perez and 53-year-old Valerio died from injuries they suffered while battling the June 2 fire in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood.

The Associated Press

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