Firefighters salute fallen comrade after fatal training accident

A San Francisco firefighter-paramedic died during a training accident Wednesday morning, Fire Department officials confirmed.

Jason Cortez suffered an injury during a training exercise around 10 a.m. and was immediately rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries an hour later, fire department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said.

Baxter didn’t say exactly what kind of injuries Cortez suffered.

“This is a very trying time,” he said, describing Cortez as a paramedic who had been with the department since 2007 and was currently stationed in the Tenderloin.

“He’s a friend to all, he’s an advocate for public safety, he’s a father to two children, a husband to an amazing wife; and a child to a retired San Francisco firefighter,” he said of Cortez.

Firefighters held a procession Wednesday afternoon from the hospital to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office at 1 Newhall St. in honor of Cortez.

San Francisco Fire Deparment paramedic Jason Cortez died from injuries sustained in an accident during a training exercise. (Courtesy SFFD)

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Members of the San Francisco Police brass salute as the body of San Francisco firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez is escorted from Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Cortez was injured and later died in a training exercise. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Members of the San Francisco Police brass salute as the body of San Francisco firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez is escorted from Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Cortez was injured and later died in a training exercise. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Fire Department personnel line up in a procession to escort the body of firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez from Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Fire Department personnel escort the body of firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez from Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Fire personnel walk away after saluting the body of firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Fire and police personnel walk away after saluting the body of firefighter-paramedic Jason Cortez at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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