‘He will be deeply missed’: Central Valley loses a Kings County firefighter to cancer

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The Kings County Fire Department is mourning the loss of a veteran member of their team.

Fire Apparatus Engineer Keith Hernandez, 30, passed away Saturday from Rhabdomyosarcoma, according to the fire department.

Hernandez was born in Fresno, and was a five-year veteran with the Kings County Fire Department. He attended Clovis East High School and graduated in 2006.

We spoke with him about a year ago about the outpouring of love he received when he learned of his diagnoses. 

“It means the world for people to reach out and so my biggest thing is to say thank you to everybody,” he said.

He served in agencies in the fire service including Cal Fire Sonoma Lake Napa Unit as a seasonal firefighter for five years, Fresno County Fire Protection District as a seasonal paid call firefighter for one year, and the Clovis Fire Department as an explorer for three years.

He began his career with the Kings County Fire Department in 2013, and “proudly served the rural areas of our county for the past five years,” the department says.

Hernandez is survived by his wife and two children.

“Keith Hernandez was proud to be a firefighter and loved his career. He will be deeply missed by family,
friends, and colleagues alike,” the department says.

There will be a procession on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. from the Stanford Medical Center to the funeral home at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the department may be sent to Kings County Fire Department at 280 Campus Drive, Hanford, CA 93230.

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