San Francisco Black Firefighter's Association

Kevin Smith, President President's Message

June 2011

Recently we experienced the most difficult tragedy a firefighter faces in his or her career, the death of a fellow firefighter. We lost two firefighters in June, and although they were not members of the San Francisco Black Firefighters the loss is still devastating to all of us.

As an organization, we strive to prepare our members for the unexpected, to learn their craft, advance their careers, and protect and serve the communities in which we work. This is a monumental task that we are committed to successfully achieving. We meet this challenge everyday by demanding job related promotional examinations, fighting for diverse entry level hiring, highlighting the need for job specific training, and participating in the youth development for the future our city.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our fallen brothers and our hearts go out to their respective families as they deal with their loss. It is our hope that the entire fire service learns from this tragedy and somewhere in the future such tragedy can be avoided. Lieutenant Vincent Perez and Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Valerio’s legacy will live on along with all members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duty.

Yours Truly,

Kevin Smith, President