Stockton fire captain shot dead while responding to dumpster fire

Vidal “Max” Fortuna

Excerpt from ABC10

STOCKTON, Calif. — A veteran of the Stockton Fire Department, Vidal “Max” Fortuna, died Monday morning after being shot while responding to a dumpster fire, Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards said at a press conference.

Fortuna was a Fire Captain and a 21-year veteran of the department. He leaves behind a wife and two grown children.

“Max was the type of firefighter that showed up every day and never complained about his job,” Stockton Firefighters 456 Union President Mario Gardea said. “I don’t know many other firefighters who enjoy their job as much as he did.”

The fire was in the area of Aurora and Washington Street, according to the Stockton Police Department.

The Stockton Police Department detained a person at the scene and the shooting is still under investigation.



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