Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty
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News Release
Today We Honor Portland Fire & Rescue's Lt. Richardson, who passed away after a long battle with Cancer - 11/19/21

Update: The family is asking for privacy while they mourn from media and the public and we ask that everyone please respect those wishes.

At 10:45am this morning our city lost one of our heroes. After a 3-year battle with lung cancer, Lt. Jerry Richardson of Portland Fire & Rescue, Station 17 died today. Lt. Richardson served the City of Portland for 22 years before it was discovered that the toxic chemicals from years of battling multiple fires had impacted his lungs to the point of developing a very deadly form of cancer. Lt. Richardson was a well-respected member of PF&R, serving in many important roles in the operations and training divisions before landing at one of his favorite roles as a Lieutenant at Station 17, home of Fire & Rescue boat 17. He displayed all the qualities that I have come to admire from the men and women of this incredible Fire Bureau, who’s mission is the life safety of all Portlanders. He displayed these qualities until the very end. He considered this organization his family and he wanted nothing more than to be with them until his body would no longer allow for him to do so. Please take a moment to stop and ponder the selfless and dangerous work so many in our city do to keep us safe. As the Portland Fire & Rescue Commissioner, I say to Lt. Richardson, to his family, and to his co-workers – thank you. Thank you for what you have given and thank you for what you continue to give. In dedication we will be lowering our City flags to half-mast.

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