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Firefighter Jason Cortez Memorial Fund

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It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of San Francisco Fire Department Firefighter Paramedic Jason Cortez. He died on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 after sustaining injuries from a training accident. He is survived by his wife Patricia, and sons Jackson and Greyson. He is also survived by his father Gil and his wife Nellie, his mother Sonya, his brother Greg and extended family. 

Jason, a San Francisco Native, grew up in Potrero Hill, and attended Grace Cathedral. He graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He then attended St. Mary's in Moraga, CA where he played D1 basketball. He went on to complete paramedic school at City College of San Francisco and worked for American Medical Response in Oakland, CA for approximately 10 years. 

Jason joined the SFFD in June 2007. He worked as an EMT and paramedic on the ambulance, out of Station 49. In 2015 he was hired into the 118th Fire Academy Recruit class, where he received his training in fire suppression. After completing his probationary year, he was assigned to engine company 25 in the Bayview district, not far from Potrero Hill, where he grew up. 

In January of 2019, Jason moved to Station 3 in the Tenderloin. He spent his last few years assigned to Engine 3, as a firefighter paramedic.  He was working on Engine 3 on the day he passed.

Jay was an outstanding man, husband, father, son, brother and friend. Jason was a compassionate paramedic and a skilled firefighter. He was especially known for always conducting himself with professionalism and integrity. He worked hard, was respected by his colleagues and loved by all.  

(Oh... and he was also a phenomenal cook. He was the only person at the firehouse who knew what a "Bearnaise" sauce was and how to make it from scratch! )

This page is dedicated to his wife and children. One of Jason's dreams was to ensure his sons would both one day have the opportunity to attend college. This memorial has been set up by the members of Station 3 to ensure his dream is realized. 100% of the funds collected will go towards this goal. 

Thank you,

Cortez Family
SFFD Station 3

Organizer and beneficiary

SFFD Station 3
San Francisco, CA
Patricia Cortez

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