SACRAMENTO -- The memory of East Bay firefighters William West of Antioch and Hollis Franks of Livermore will live on in Sacramento, where their names have been added to a memorial honoring those whose jobs cost them everything.

West, who worked for East Contra Costa Fire District, and Franks, an Alameda County firefighter, died in June from cancer.

Their names, along with those of 38 other California firefighters who died over the past year, will be added to the approximately 1,200 already inscribed on the limestone memorial wall in Capitol Park.

West, of Antioch, and Franks, of Livermore, are among those who passed away either from traumatic injuries they received in the line of duty this year or from job-related causes.

Uniformed firefighters and family members of the deceased will gather Friday evening for a procession from the north steps of the Capitol to the California Firefighters Memorial to remember all who have died since the state was formed.

The annual ceremony will take place Saturday.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.



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