San Francisco Fire Department Firefighter Christopher Yock died on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, after fighting a large fire at the San Francisco International Airport parking structure. Unfortunately, after returning home from the incident he suffered a medical emergency and passed away. He was 57.
Christopher was born to his beloved parents, Jimmy and Anita Yock, on December 27, 1963, in San Francisco, California. He grew up in the Westborough neighborhood of South San Francisco. Family was the priority of his life.
Christopher began his journey in the fire service as a firefighter at the Alameda Naval Airbase Station, followed by the Presidio Fire Department, before finally achieving his dream career as a firefighter for the San Francisco Fire Department, beginning on April 17, 2000. He spent most of his career at Station 10, serving the Richmond District. In January 2019, Christopher transferred to the San Francisco International Airport. Christopher loved his career in the fire service and was a beloved firehouse chef who prepared excellent meals with infectious happiness.
Anyone who knew Christopher knew his immense happiness and passion for traveling, cooking, photography, and music. Christopher was a seasoned world traveler, with some of his favorite destinations being Palau, Porto, Maldives, Tahiti, Bali, and numerous Maui family trips. But for all his passions in life, Christopher’s greatest happiness and source of pride was his son, Cayden Yock. Christopher was known for always proudly referring to Cayden as “my son” with a beaming smile. Christopher and Cayden loved to spend their time together riding mountain bikes, going to swim meets, taking road trips, and weekend drives in Christopher’s beloved Alfa Romeo Spider.
Christopher lived life to its fullest and was loved by family, friends, and fellow firefighters. Christopher was the DJ with a never-ending playlist at every family gathering, along with a cooler filled with an eclectic mix of culinary treats and drinks. His photographs captured countless family memories and will be cherished by his family for generations to come.
Christopher is survived by his siblings, Jeffery Yock and Jennifer Yock-Lanthier; his son, Cayden Yock (Nancy Galvin); his brother-in-law, Sean Lanthier; and his nephew and nieces, Danielle Gracia, Alyssa Sozio, Adam Lanthier, and Ashley Yock.
The family and the San Francisco Fire Department extend their gratitude to the San Rafael Fire Department E-57C for their heroic efforts.
It was a pleasure and honor working with you, my friend. May you rest in peace.– GEORGE STAMATOPOULOS