James Capra, Fire Fighter

Contra Costa County Fire

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. 

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).