Coit Tower to light up in red in honor of fallen San Francisco firefighters 

San Francisco’s Coit Tower has always been a monument to the bravery of San Francisco firefighters. It was erected by Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy socialite who liked to chase fires herself, or so the story goes.

But for the next four nights, the tower atop Telegraph Hill takes on a special meaning for the Fire Department. The City plans to light it up the color red in honor of firefighter-paramedic Anthony “Tony” Valerio and Lt. Vince Perez, who died from injuries sustained fighting a blaze Thursday morning in Diamond Heights.

“Coit Tower and its storied history with the San Francisco Fire Department is a fitting location to offer a tribute to honor both Lieutenant Vincent Perez and firefighter Anthony Valerio, two firefighters who dedicated their lives to protecting the people of San Francisco,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

And on Tuesday, Lee had already been scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the Giants game. He’s still throwing out the first pitch, but now he’s dedicating it to Valerio and Perez.

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