Patrick Lee Jones

Patrick Lee Jones

Patrick was a man of honor, bravery, courage, and led his life with Christ. He died February 18, 2020, a month short of his 26th birthday.

Patrick’s love of being a fireman came to life when Captain Fricke brought the fire engine to Grace Lutheran School. He got onto the fire truck, and from that moment on nothing would stop his dreams of becoming a fireman.

Patrick later attended Porterville Community College, at which he completed the Fire Academy and worked closer to his dreams of becoming a full-time firefighter. When it came to firefighting, he was relentless. He attended numerous trainings and received several certifications. He wanted to be the best he possibly could be to support his brothers.

In addition to being a dedicated firefighter, Patrick was a loving son, a protective little brother, a doting fiancé, and a loyal friend. He was a lover of all things sports and animals. If you let him, he would talk your ear off trying to defend his Chargers and Padres and tell you all about his baby pit bull, Lilo. Patrick’s love of sports and competitive drive were instilled at a young age. He was an amazing athlete.

Some of Patrick’s favorite memories were spent at Bass Lake with his family. He loved to be out on the water, showing off on his wakeboard and going on morning skis with his family. As he got older, his love for the water turned into a love for the fire service. Patrick loved being with the Porterville Fire Department and the camaraderie that came with being a part of such an amazing second family. He loved every single one of the people he worked with and would have done absolutely anything for them. Patrick’s motto was “I got you.” Patrick’s love for his family was unmatched. He loved family dinners and his mom’s apple crisp even more. He had a deep admiration for his older siblings, even though he liked to tease them, saying he was the favorite and best looking.

As Patrick got older, he found a different kind of love with his fiancée. The love between the two of them could be seen by everyone. He loved Molly unconditionally, and he made sure everyone knew it. Patrick’s vibrant personality and infectious smile ensured that no one was ever a stranger. He loved people, and people loved him. Patrick’s impact on those around him and his community are a testament to the kind of person he was.

We will deeply treasure the time we shared with him, knowing that his spirit continues to reside with all of us.

Ramon “Ray” Figueroa

Ramon “Ray” Figueroa

Ramon Clemente Figueroa was born January 3, 1985, with an adventurous and fighting spirit. He spent most of his childhood outdoors, bike riding, rollerblading, and playing with friends. He graduated from Delano High School in 2003.

The tragedies of 9/11 inspired him to dedicate his life to a career of first responding. In his words: The morning of September 11, 2001, I was walking into weight training my junior year of high school. As we watched the events unfold, I felt every bone in my body at unrest. I knew then it was in me to become a first responder. The morning of September 17, 2007, I walked onto my first day as a full-time firefighter. I’ve always held myself to the bravery of those 343 firefighters that answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. I can only hope I become half the firefighter those were on that day.

In 2006, he began his career as a volunteer firefighter/EMT at Lindsay City Fire Department working under his father, the police and fire chief. In 2007, he was hired by Porterville City Fire Department, where he served for 13 years, continued his training and schooling, and was eventually promoted to captain. He responded to his last alarm at the Porterville Public Library fire on February 18, 2020.

“Ray” held associate degrees in wildland fire and fire technology, certification as a State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator II, and a Chief Officer Certificate. Ray was signed off by the State Fire Marshal office as a low angle rope rescue instructor and an instructor in all state arson courses. He was a fire academy instructor at Porterville College. Motivated to provide the best knowledge and skill for his crews, he dedicated his time to learning and mentoring. He valued the brotherhood of firefighters and vowed to never leave a brother behind, often citing the mantra, The men, the mission, then me.

Ramon’s greatest accomplishment was being Dad to Amelia and Phoenix, who were his pride and joy. He enjoyed frequent outings with them, Disneyland trips, and watching movies. He could also be found fishing, golfing, target shooting, powerlifting, snowboarding, and visiting friends and family. His faith in God and love for family were driving forces in his life.

In addition to his children, Ramon is survived by his father, Ramon Figueroa (Sylvia); mother, Anna Moreno (José); and siblings, Rosanna Natividad (Anthony), Angelica Sanchez (Fernando), Desiree Ortiz, and Zachariah Figueroa (Saidee). It is an honor that his name stands alongside the brave and heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and inspired him at a young age.