S.F. Firefighters Vincent Perez and Anthony Valerio's Funeral Draws Thousands

This morning at St. Mary's Cathedral, thousands of people gathered for the funeral of San Francisco firefighters Vincent Perez and Anthony Valerio — marking the fourth time in the past 20 years that the life of a San Francisco firefighter was honored at that location.

Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Governor Jerry Brown, Mayor Ed Lee, and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom comprised just a fraction of the city officials who filled the pews to pay their respects to the two men from Station 26 who died fighting a fire turned flash fire in Diamond Heights on June 2.

Outside the cathedral, firefighters from Alaska, Canada, and Mexico mingled with other officers. There was barely any wiggle room to be found among the sea of blue and white caps.

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