It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jose A Ruiz, a loving husband, dedicated firefighter, and an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Born on April 27, 1961, in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico, Jose made his way to Porterville, California, where he lived for 45 years. He passed away on June 4, 2023, leaving a legacy of courage, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to his community.\n\nAs a firefighter for 45 years, Jose's life was a testament to the words of Edward F. Croker, "When a man becomes a fireman, his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work." With every call, every life saved, and every fire extinguished, Jose demonstrated the true meaning of bravery and selflessness. His dedication to the forestry service not only protected the environment but also safeguarded the lives and properties of countless people in his community. Jose's warmth, humor, and kindness made him a beloved figure at the fire station and beyond.\n\nJose is survived by his loving wife, Hilda Ruiz, who stood by his side through all of life's challenges and triumphs. He was preceded in death by his father, Anastacio Perez, and mother, Maria Gurrola. As we mourn the loss of Jose, we also celebrate the incredible impact he had on those around him. In the words of Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Jose's legacy of love, courage, and service will continue to inspire and guide us for years to come.\n\nWe invite you to share your memories and upload photos to the memorial page, reflecting on the beautiful moments you shared with Jose. Your stories and pictures will help keep his spirit alive and pay tribute to a man who touched so many lives.