Community honors fallen Porterville firefighters


NATS MUSIC AMAZING GRACE KEN: AN OUTPOURING OF EMOTION IN PORTERVILLE TODAY… AS THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO REMEMBER TWO FALLEN FIGHTERS… KEN: TODAY.. ” HUNDREDS ” GATHERED AT ” CENTENNIAL PARK ” TO HONOR ” RAYMOND ” ” FIGUEROA” AND ” PATRICK ” ” JONES.. ” —KATHRYN;— CBS 47’S “A-J KATO” HAS MORE ON TODAY’S CEREMONY. nats amazing grace EMOTIONS HIGH. nats crying AFTER AN UNTHINKABLE LOW. broadcastify nats A CROWD GATHERING AT 4- 14 FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE EXACT TIME THE PORTERVILLE LIBRARY WENT UP IN FLAMES. A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE HONORING FIREFIGHTERS CAPTAIN RAY FIGUEROA AND PATRICK JONES… BOTH KILLED AFTER RUSHING INTO THE BURNING BUILDING, MAKING SURE NO ONE WAS TRAPPED INSIDE. BRYAN COGBURN, BATTALION CHIEF PORTERVILLE “we’re forever changed by this, the community is forever changed by this, and I can’t even put into words or imagine what it’s going to be like moving forward.” EVERYONE HERE TO LEAN ON EACH OTHER… nats hugging .. AS THEY TAKE THOSE FIRST STEPS TOGETHER. nats “To begin the process of healing and dealing with the loss.” JONES WAS HIRED ON AS A PORTERVILLE FIREFIGHTER IN 20-17. FIGUEROA HAD SERVED SINCE 2007. MADDY MORTON, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PORTERVILLE “He was there for anybody, anybody who needed a shoulder to cry on he was there.” THE COMMUNITIES APPRECIATION FOR THEIR SACRIFICES MADE CLEAR. MIKE BUSH SR., FORMER TULARE COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIREMAN “this turnout? it’s really touching.” THE PLAZA PACKED WITH PEOPLE AND OVERFLOWING WITH LOVE AND SUPPORT… nats placing flowers at memorial …WHICH CARRIED INTO THE NIGHT. AS PEOPLE PAID THEIR RESPECTS AT A GROWING MEMORIAL, AND HEAVY HEARTS BECAME JUST A LITTLE LIGHTER. BRYAN COGBURN, BATTALION CHIEF PORTERVILLE “This event really helped us, not get closure, but to help us move forward. We needed it. I think the community needed it as well.” YOURCENTRALVALLEY.COM AJ KATO THE PORTERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A JOINT MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BOTH MEN. NEXT FRIDAY. I’LL LEAVE ALL THE INFORMATION ONLINE AT YOUR CENTRAL VALLEY.COM IN PORTERVILLE A.J. KATO. —KATHRYN;— THE CHILDREN OF PORTERVILLE FIRE FIGHTERS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING




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  1. The Chief needs to get updated on common sense and logical, not to mention, responsible fire fighting. If you want to Protect victims and firefighters, you vent the windows, use tank water to stop the threat and then go in with a charged line to further extinguish and cool for protection. This was ridiculous. This was suicide. This was Negligent Homicide Chief! You knew better and did it anyway. There is no reason for these firefighter families to be without their loved ones. The citizens need to look into the Proper teachings of UL, NIST and ISFSI and then have a talk with their Chief!

  2. Running headlong into a burning building makes no sense if you don't have a PLAN for getting out with the victim. This was beyond ridiculous and should never have happened. If there was a person in a wheelchair, how did the Chief Help Them with those tactics?

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