"John 15:13: Greater love hath no man, that a man lay down his life for one another."
That was written on the plaque of the firefighter’s memorial. We say "was," because about the time Firefighters were taking on this blaze, someone was stealing that plaque.
"A total of 13 names are written on this memorial here. It's a symbol to this community of the sacrifice that Stockton Firefighters have made,” said Stockton Fire Department Chief Ken Johnson
It's sacred to the men and women of Stockton Fire. This is where they come for their promotion ceremonies.
The two men in the memorial are Bryan Golden and Brett Laws, Stockton Firefighters who tried to save an elderly woman from the second story of her burning home, when that home collapsed.
"Sometime it's easy to quick fixes to save economic problems. But he value they got from stealing this metal. It's overwhelming how much emotion is torn away from us as a result of them talking it. So we'd ask 'please don't resort to such low tactics,” said Johnson.
And the fire department is hoping this community will keep a watchful eye on the memorial just like they keep a watchful eye on the homes and business of Stockton.