Joseph Elias Perez, age 67 passed away peacefully July 8, 2021 from an early onset of dementia with his wife by his side, at The Landings in Mills River.
Joe spent 33 years working as a firefighter in Chevy Chase Maryland before retiring in 2012 and moving to Saluda in 2015. He was awarded a gold medal for saving five children from a burning home. He will have a special memorial service in Maryland with his crew and those who were privileged to work with him, to honor this hero who was always ready to help others.
Joe is survived by his wife, Amy Perez, two stepdaughters, Trinity and Angelina Case, who reside in Saluda, NC and by two sisters, Elena Gali and Margie Perez as well as numerous nephews and nieces in Miami, FL.
Memorial services will be later in Maryland and Miami, Florida.
Sanders Funeral Home.