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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

LODD: Livermore Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich #CaFire

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974 and CPF are saddened to announce the death of Livermore-Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich in the line of duty. Brother Chenkovich died November 5th after a three-year battle with job-related brain cancer at the age of 48.

On November 5, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m., retired Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Captain Paul Chenkovich passed away at his home in Sacramento after a courageous three year battle with occupational brain cancer. Paul was 48 years old and leaves behind a wife, a 8 year old daughter, a 15 year old son. 
Paul grew up in Pleasanton, CA, but started his fire service career with the U.S. Forest Service, and then spent 10 years at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department where he worked as a Firefighter and a Fire Engineer. In 2000, he joined the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department as a Firefighter. He promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer and then to Fire Captain. In July of 2010, Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer. In 2013, he retired from the fire department.
Paul was a highly respected member of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department(LPFD), including many years of service on the Local 1974 Executive Board. During his career, Paul worked to improve firefighter and community safety through programs he oversaw ensuring that fire engines met performance standards and teaching members of the LPFD about the hazards of utilities, and how to prevent injury to the community and the firefighters. In addition to his passion for the fire service, what Paul most enjoyed was the time he spent with his family. He also enjoyed soccer, woodworking, gardening and road trips with his motorcycle club.
Captain Paul Chenkovich underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in the battle against cancer. He fought courageously when it was time to fight, but was graceful in his passing, sharing a tear or a hug with those close to him right until his last days.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Brother Chenkovich is also survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Memorial Services

Information regarding a memorial for Brother Chenkovich are pending. Please bookmark this page for updates. For further information, please contact Vice President Gregg Stanford, Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974; (925) 337-3437;

Cards and letters of condolences can be sent to the following:

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Association
Attn: Family of Paul Chenkovich
4847 Hopyard Rd. Suite 4 PMB 303
Pleasanton, CA 94588


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