Josíë© knew from a young age that he wanted to be a firefighter after seeing his Tíë_o, Juan, of Tulare at work. Josíë©’s first firefighting job was with CAL FIRE in 1997. He joined SJFD in 2001 and was promoted to engineer in 2004 and then to captain in 2011. Josíë© loved being a firefighter as much as he enjoyed being a husband and father. Josíë© was a joyful person with an infectious attitude and smile. He liked to run, play golf, spend time with his family and friends, watch sports and volunteer for his son’s endeavors. Josíë© fought a short but tough battle before succumbing to job-related cancer at age 41, just two and a half weeks after his twin daughters were born.
Jose Manuel Martinez
- San Jose
- August 10, 2012
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