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A 21-year veteran of the Stockton Fire Department died Monday after being shot while responding to a dumpster fire in the city, officials said at a news conference. Max Fortuna, 47, leaves behind a wife and two adult children. Firefighters were responding to reports of a dumpster fire in the Aurora Street and Washington Street area when gunshots were heard and Fortuna was hit, officials said. hospital shortly after the shooting where he later died, officials said. A 67-year-old man was arrested at the scene, where officers also found a firearm, Stockton Deputy Police Chief Jim Chraska said. This man was later identified by police as Robert Somerville. He added that the man is currently in custody. We don’t think there are any other suspects in the shooting. “It highlights the dangers that public safety faces every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fortuna family,” Chraska said. Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards called the shooting his “worst nightmare.” He said his message to other firefighters was to be strong. “My heart breaks with you, but we’ll get through this,” he said. “Today is a good representation of the kind of person Max was. Max was a firefighter who showed up every day and never complained about being on the job,” said Mario Gardea, chairman of the Stockton Professional Firefighters Union Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln shared a similar sentiment and called Fortuna “one of our heroes. His leadership, commitment to our city is reflected here in his brothers, sisters, his community showing unremitting support,” Lincoln said. He also called on the community of Stockton to show their support for the Fortuna family. “The pain we feel as a community does not compare to the pain the family Fortuna is experiencing this at this time so I am appealing to all residents of the City of Stockton to not only show love and support to your Stockton firefighters but also show an extreme amount of love and support for family Fortuna,” Lincoln said. Loved ones and community members share how they will remember the firefighter, father, husband, coach and parishioner. “Coach Fortuna” is what countless kids, teens, and now adults call Captain Fortuna. Henry J. Mendoza, owner of Modesto Athletic Training Center, told KCRA 3 that he coached football and baseball in the area for at least five years. Fortuna had coached his and Mendoza’s son, before Fortuna and Mendoza began coaching youth sports together. “He loved showing kids what to do, how to do it, never raising his voice with them,” Mendoza said. Although the fire captain has a busy work schedule, he has made sports a priority. “Every chance he figured out he was there,” Mendoza said. “If he wasn’t working, he was with the kids in the field.” also hang a large picture of Mendoza inside. “Something has to be done against the violence,” Mendoza said with tears in his eyes. “It just has to stop.” The deceased firefighter was also involved in Modesto’s religious community. The pastor of Big Valley Grace Community Church told KCRA 3 that he is a bassist in the church ministry. his Facebook page: “Max was a gentle, humble man who loved God and exhibited many characteristics of Christ. He served faithfully for many years and always brought his cheerful attitude and strong work ethic to our ministry. will be sorely missed.”

A 21-year veteran of the Stockton Fire Department died Monday after being shot while responding to a dumpster fire in the city, officials said at a news conference.

Captain Max Fortuna, 47, leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

Firefighters were responding to reports of a dumpster fire in the Aurora Street and Washington Street area when gunshots were heard and Fortuna was hit, officials said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital shortly after the shooting where he later died, officials said.

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A 67-year-old man was arrested at the scene, where officers also found a firearm, Stockton Deputy Police Chief Jim Chraska said. This man was later identified by police as Robert Somerville.

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He added that the man is currently in custody. We don’t think there are any other suspects in the shooting.

“It highlights the dangers that public safety faces every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fortuna family,” Chraska said.

Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards called the shooting a “worst nightmare.”

He said his message to other firefighters is to be strong. “My heart breaks with you but we will get through this,” he said.

“Today is a good representation of the kind of person Max was. Max was a firefighter who showed up every day and never complained about being on the job,” said Mario Gardea, chairman of the Stockton Professional Fire Fighters Union.

Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln shared a similar sentiment and said Fortuna was “one of our heroes”.

“It is a sobering reminder of the many sacrifices our firefighters make day in and day out in service to our community. His leadership, his commitment to our city is reflected here by his brothers, his sisters, his community showing unrelenting support,” Lincoln said.

He also called on the Stockton community to show their support for the Fortuna family.

“The pain we are feeling as a community does not compare to the pain the Fortuna family is experiencing right now, so I am appealing to all residents of the Town of Stockton to not only show love and support for your Stockton firefighters, but also show an extreme amount of love and support for the Fortuna family,” Lincoln said.

Loved ones and community members share how they will remember the firefighter, father, husband, coach and parishioner.

“Coach Fortuna” is what countless kids, teens, and now adults call Capt. Fortune.

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Henry J. Mendoza, owner of the All Sports Training Center in Modesto, told KCRA 3 he had coached football and baseball in the area for at least five years.

Fortuna coached his and Mendoza’s son, before Fortuna and Mendoza began coaching youth sports together.

“He loved showing kids what to do, how to do it, never raising his voice with them,” Mendoza said.

Although the fire captain has a busy work schedule, he has made sports a priority.

“Every free chance he had, he was there,” Mendoza said. “If he wasn’t working, he was with the kids in the field.”

Fortuna’s legacy lives on inside the walls of the training center: photos, trophies, banners and jerseys from his coaching days still hang.

All Sports will also hang a large picture of Mendoza inside.

“Something has to be done against the violence,” Mendoza said with tears in his eyes. “It just has to stop.”

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The deceased firefighter was also involved in Modesto’s faith community.

The Big Valley Grace Community Church pastor told KCRA 3 that he is a bass player in the church ministry.

The church posted this statement, in part, on its Facebook page:

Max was a meek, humble man who loved God and showed many characteristics of Christ. He served faithfully for many years and always brought his cheerful attitude and strong work ethic to our ministry. He will be greatly missed.”