Curt Sandoval, an ABC 7 Eyewitness News anchor in the Los Angeles area, is an active supporter of the Hirshberg Foundation. He met Lori, the wife of a fire department captain who had just lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, and put her and her family in touch with us. As a tribute to John, Lori’s family created a You Can Help Fund to spread awareness and to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Hirshberg Foundation is honored to share John’s story and look forward to involving Lori, the kids and the Santa Clarita firefighting community into our family at future events.
John was a hero in more than one way. He put his life on the line every day to help protect the city of Santa Clarita as well as Los Angeles County over the years as a firefighter, paramedic, engineer and as Captain at Fire Stations 111 and 73. He was a dad to two beautiful boys and the loving husband to Lori. September 2013 through December 2013, John was not only fighting fires, he was also fighting pancreatic cancer.
As a family they enjoyed traveling to many locations where John taught the boys a love for different experiences, cultures, history and above all, to have compassion for their fellow man. Appreciating what the world has to offer and not living in a bubble were lessons regularly passed down. Whether good or bad experiences, there were many “Mazzocco Adventures.”
To read more about Captain John Mazzocco, please view his Fund Page at http://www.pancreatic.org/fund/captainjohnmazzocco