Michael Braz Fire Inspector

Contra Costa County Fire
02/18/2008

For Concord resident Michael Braz, firefighting was more than a job. It was a way of life. He started his career with the Contra Costa Fire Department in 1971 and worked his way up to supervising inspector, the position he held when he retired in 2003. He was well-loved by family, friends and his firefighter brothers and sisters and was best-known for his big heart, infectious smile, generosity of spirit and sense of humor. He died of job-related cancer. (Submitted by the Braz Family for the 2009 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

Matthew Burton, Fire Captain

Contra Costa County Fire
07/21/2007

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty deaths of two members of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Captain Matthew C. Burton, 35, and Engineer Scott P. Desmond, 37 both died on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in a flashover while attempting to rescue two people from a house fire. A Memorial Service has been scheduled for Friday, July 27, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, California 94521, (925) 676-8742. All departments are encouraged to send apparatus. An apparatus procession is planned for both district and out-of-district apparatus. Staging and other information is still being developed and will be updated as soon as finalized. Visit www.cpf.org for further information. A Memorial Fund has been established to benefit the families of the two fallen fire fighters. Contributions can be made to the Local 1230 Widows and Orphans Fund, 112 Blue Ridge Drive, Martinez, CA 94553. You can also send condolences and expressions of sympathy to the same address.

Matt started his career with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District In 1997,spending almost all ten of his year at Station 81. He was promoted to Engineer in 2002 and became a Captain in February 2007. Matt was a man who was dedicated to everything that is important in life; family, friends, and his work. He was a boy who idolized his father, a son who brought joy to his mother and a loving brother. He was a friend who would go to battle for you without question or hesitation and was genuine to every person he met. Above all else, he was a compassionate husband and loving father who cherished his family with every ounce of his being. He lived with purpose, playfulness and a smile that will never be forgotten. (Submitted by the Burton Family for the 2008 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

James Capra, Fire Fighter

Contra Costa County Fire
05/01/2006

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter James Capra of IAFF Local 1230 – Martinez, California. Brother Capra died Monday, May 1, 2006 of complications from a job incurred exposure to a blood borne pathogen. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Bonaventure’s Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, California 94517 (925) 672-5800. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery located in Pleasant Hill, California with a reception following at Willow Pass Park in Concord, California.

Jim grew up in a fire fighter family – his father was an Engineer with the Berkeley Fire Department. Jim began his career with Contra Costa Fire in 1973 and in the early 90s, diagnosed with a job-incurred exposure, Hepatitis C. Jim continued to work until the liver disease forced him to retire in 2003. One of Jim’s proudest moments was in 1995 when he testified before the California Legislative Committee on the Infectious Disease Presumption Bill, and in 2004 when the IAFF produced a training video for the prevention of infectious diseases: “The Jim Capra Story.” In spite of his liver transplant Jim was unable to realize his dreams of regaining his health and enjoying a well deserved retirement with his family. He is a true hero for always putting the needs of others before himself.(Submitted by the Capra Family for the 2006 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

Scott Desmond, Fire Engineer

Contra Costa County Fire
07/21/2007

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty deaths of two members of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Captain Matthew C. Burton, 35, and Engineer Scott P. Desmond, 37 both died on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in a flashover while attempting to rescue two people from a house fire. A Memorial Service has been scheduled for Friday, July 27th at 11:00 am in Concord, California at the Sleeptrain Pavilion. The Sleeptrain Pavilion at Concord is located at 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA 94521. Visit www.cpf.org for more information regarding apparatus and staging information.

From his earliest days, Scott Desmond liked to say that he wanted to be "just like my dad." Throughout his life, he cherished the closeness of family...his own and his extended fire service family. In 1999, he joined the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2002 and had finished in the top third of the most recent Captain's testing. At home, Scott cherished his family life with wife and son. His humor, compassion and sense of fun enveloped and enriched anyone who met him. He loved baseball, playing guitar, music trivia, and playing video games. He was also a big fan of Seinfeld and Star Wars. (Submitted by the Desmond Family for the 2008 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

John Ferrante, Fire Captain

Contra Costa County Fire
01/28/2009

Captain Ferrante began his career as a fire fighter with the Pittsburg Fire Department, September 1973. When John became a Captain in the fire service it was one of the proudest days of his life. He was a great leader, teacher, problem solver, and earned the respect of his crew. His goal was teaching his crew all they needed to know in order to keep them safe and get the job done. All of John’s family is very proud of him. He was a brave fire fighter and the courage he displayed during his illness, still helps his family cope with this terrible loss. (Submitted by the Ferrante Family for the 2009 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

David Gehling, Fire Captain

Contra Costa County Fire
Line of Duty Death: 06/20/2008

Capt. Gehling served his community for more than 33 years as a fire fighter, Captain and paramedic, serving the last 27 years with Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. After a very short retirement, he volunteered as a Training Chief for River Delta Fire District. He also enjoyed being a member of Mt. Diablo Firefighters Golf Association, coaching and umpiring baseball for East County Little League and participating in Bikes for Tykes. He will always be remembered for his huge smile and his undying commitment to make his Department a better place, to make those around him better and to strive to improve his own skills. His energy and excitement cannot be replaced. (Submitted by the Gehling Family for the 2009 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

Michael Impastato, Fire Fighter

Contra Costa County Fire
08/27/2002

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we have to report to you the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter Michael A. Impastato of IAFF Local 1230 – Martinez, California 94553 – Brother Impastato died on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 of Cancer. The viewing was held for Brother Impastato on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. and again on Sunday, September 1, at 12:00 noon at Pittsburg Funeral Home located at 2295 Railroad Avenue – Pittsburg, California 94565 - (925) 432-2114. The funeral was held on Monday, September 2, 2002 at 9:00 a.m., also at Pittsburg Funeral Home located at 2295 Railroad Avenue – Pittsburg, California 94565 - (925) 432-2114.

LeRoy Jenkins, Fire Fighter

Contra Costa County Fire
Line of Duty Death: 07/02/1974

LeRoy "Roy" Jenkins, a Senior Fire Fighter at Engine Co 9 of the Contra Costa Counta Consolidated Fire District left this world July 2, 1974 doing what he loved most, giving of himself for others. His death came as a result of a heart attack during a grass fire, and at a time when he was engrossed in his work and and seeking no quarters for his physical well being. Prior to joining Old Mt. Diablo Fire District 18 years ago, Brother Jenkins worked as a carpenter. None out-performed Le Roy Jenkins, in gentleness, kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness and dedication. He gave his all - for his family, his friends, his country in World War II and for the fire service and comrades he loved.

Donald Leverton, Fire Captain

Contra Costa County Fire
12/30/2006

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain Donald Kent Leverton of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Brother Leverton, 51, died on December 30, 2006 from cardiac arrest. He was laid to rest on January 8, 2007.

Kent was a compassionate, dedicated, and aggressive Captain in the firehouse whose legacy lives on strong today. Working in some of the department’s busiest companies, Kent was awarded the Fire Fighter of the Year for his heroics and command at a fire involving the rescue of seven children from a burning home and participated in several of the largest, most technical incidents the district has experienced. Retiring in September 2006 after serving 30 years on the line, Kent looked forward to enjoying his passion of hunting and the outdoors as the outdoorsman at heart that he truly was. (Submitted by the Leverton Family for the 2007 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).

John Nunes, Fire Captain

Contra Costa County Fire
03/31/2009

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain John W. Nunes of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Brother Nunes, 50, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hope Center Covenant Church, 2275 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, California 94523, (925) 685-4673. All uniformed personnel are to wear full Class A uniforms (including caps). Please arrive at 1:00 p.m. for staging. Due to the venue's space constraints, no engines can be brought to the service. Carpooling is encouraged. There will be reserved seating for local agency personnel that attend. For all others, there will be limited seating. Please plan on arriving early. Expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 1230 at 112 Blue Ridge Drive, Martinez, California 94553.

John Nunes' fire service career spanned forty years with Contra Costa County ending as Captain with twenty seven years of professional service.

David Stochl, Captain

Moraga-Orinda Fire
Hired:
Line of Duty Death: 09/01/2009

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain David J. Stochl of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Brother Stochl, 51, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from brain cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM at East Bay Fellowship Church, 2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville, California 94506-4409, (925) 736-5100. Expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 1230 at 112 Blue Ridge Drive, Martinez, CA 94553.

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