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Family and friends are mourning the loss of Scott Carnevale, an Alameda Fire Department captain who joined the department in 1997, to cancer. He was 42.

Firefighters said Carnevale’s was classified by doctors as a line of duty death.

Carnevale was described by colleagues as a level-headed leader who was tough enough to endure multiple rounds of chemotherapy in an effort to beat his illness.

“I always considered Scott a real solid leader in the department. He was able to rally his troops and always get the job done, no matter if it was in a fire or around the firehouse,” Interim Fire Chief Michael Fisher said. “I could always depend on him.”

Carnevale began his fire service career with the Alameda Naval Air Station Fire Department in 1993, joining the Alameda Fire Department in 1997 when the air station closed. Carnevale was promoted to apparatus operator in 2001 and fire captain in 2007, when he was assigned to Fire Station Two on Pacific Avenue.

During his career, Carnevale served as an executive board trustee and shift vice president for the local firefighters union, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 689, and he was also a member of the Fire Labor Management Team. He also organized the department’s participation in the California Professional Firefighters’ Exposure Reporting Program, which allows firefighters to document their exposure to hazardous materials while on the job.

The union’s political director, Jeff DelBono, said Carnevale went to the doctor after suffering from a sore throat for a month and learned in March that he had late-stage cancer. DelBono said doctors determined Carnevale’s cancer was more than likely caused by job-related exposure because it was a unique type of cancer.

DelBono said Carnevale endured 11 rounds of chemotherapy in an effort to beat the cancer and to hold on for his young son. Carnevale went into hospice care the day before Christmas and died Monday night, surrounded by family and friends.

“We lost one of the good ones,” DelBono said.

Carnevale is survived by his wife of 15 years, Liz, and an 8-year-old son, plus many friends and family members.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, January 14 on the USS Hornet, 707 West Hornet Avenue. The service will be preceded at 9:30 a.m. by a procession including Alameda Fire Department equipment and that of neighboring jurisdictions that will begin at Fire Station Four, 2595 Mecartney Road.

The procession will travel from Mecartney to Island Drive, Island to Fernside Drive and Fernside to Encinal Avenue, to Fire Station One at 2401 Encinal Avenue. It will then travel along Encinal to Grand Street to head to Fire Station Three, turning on Pacific Avenue to head toward Fire Station Two before proceeding to the Hornet.

In lieu of flowers, food and other gifts, Carnevale’s family is requesting that donations be made in Scott Carnevale’s name to the Scott Carnevale Memorial Fund for cancer research. Payment can be made by check, to: Scott Carnevale Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 18 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, Calif. 94941. Payment may also be made via PayPal, to ScottCarnevaleMemorialFund@gmail.com.

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