The Guam Fire Department is in a state of mourning following the death of a firefighter who refused to stop working while feeling ill, then died while on duty.
The Fire Chief regrets to announce the death of Firefighter II Vince Cruz of Yigo, who died while in the line of duty. He has been posthumously promoted to Fire Lieutenant.
Acting Governor Ray Tenorio declared the state of mourning in the Guam Fire Department today, which will last until the funeral of Lt. Cruz. He has ordered the flags on all fire stations and at the Governor’s Office to fly at half staff. The Acting Governor asks all other government offices and branches, along with private buildings, to show their support for Lt. Cruz, his family and the fire department by lowering their flags to half staff as well.
“He literally spent his life helping people, up until the day he died,” Acting Governor Tenorio said. “Eddie, Christine, Notch and I are praying for Vince and his family. This is a very difficult time for them and the fire department. We ask the community for their prayers and support for Vince’s family, friends and fellow firefighters.”
Acting Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas confirmed Lt. Cruz was on duty and was instrumental in responding to the high number of emergency calls the fire department had to respond to last night.
“I worked with him all my career,” San Nicolas said. “He was a dedicated first responder. Just like the rest of the men and women here, nothing was going to stop him from helping people in need, even if it meant major sacrifices. Vince made the ultimate sacrifice. He gave his life so that he could help others. We’re just in shock right now. We’re really going to miss him.”

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