With deep regret, the WSCFF announces the line of duty death of IAFF Local 4459 member, Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Captain Art Vazquez, who died from suicide after struggling with PTSD. Captain Vazquez was a public servant for more than 25 years and he was a beloved member of our firefighting community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and with our brothers and sisters in Local 4459.
Support and assistance over the past several difficult days in the search for Captain Vazquez are deeply appreciated. Orting firefighters will not be answering any questions at this time as they focus on supporting the Vazquez family. Media inquiries can be directed to Assistant Chief Steve Richards with Grahame Fire and Rescue at (253) 732-2121 or srichards@GrahamFire.org.
The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. on August 9, 2018 at Church of All Nations, 111 112th Street East, Tacoma, Wa 98445 (253) 538-1600 Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or to Local 4459 can be sent to IAFF Local 4459, PO Box 1481 Orting, Wa 98360-1481.
With the service rapidly approaching we would like to share some additional information in regards to specific times and the procession.
The procession will leave Mountain View and arrive at the Church of All Nations at 1350. Uniform personnel should arrive by 1335 to receive Captain Vazquez and his family. We have had a lot of inquiries about departments wanting to participate in the procession. Unfortunately, due to limited parking at the church, the apparatus have already been selected for the procession. There will be a viewing starting at 1400 before the service starts. With the limited parking available, we are discouraging departments from bringing department apparatus to the service. The service will begin at 1500 and will be 90 minutes in duration. After the service, the procession will leave towards Mountain View at 1645 with a graveside service to follow scheduled to begin at 1715 with military honors. We look forward to seeing everyone who wants to come and pay their respect to Captain Art Vazquez.
August 9th, 2018 at 1500.
Church of All Nations, 111 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445; phone 253-538-1600.