Berkeley Firefighter Identified as the Man Killed During Tractor Accident in Unincorporated Martinez

February 24, 2014 9:20 am · 12 comments


Berkeley firefighters are mourning today after one of their own, 54-year-old firefighter-paramedic Anthony Nunes, was killed when his tractor overturned in rural Contra Costa County on Sunday, the city’s fire chief said.

Nunes was found dead after emergency crews responded to a report of an overturned farm vehicle shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday near Bear Creek Road and Alhambra Valley Road west of Briones Regional Park in unincorporated Martinez, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.

Today would have been Nunes’ 28th anniversary of working as a Berkeley firefighter, Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said this morning. Dong said the department is in mourning after learning of their colleague’s death.

“It’s a shock and an unexpected loss,” he said. “This city and the department will miss him and his endearing smile.”

Dong said Nunes was in charge of maintaining the fitness equipment at the city’s fire stations and “the thing that lit him up the most was showing the fire station and fire engine to kids who would come by the station.”

Nunes started as a Berkeley firefighter on Feb. 24, 1986, and had previously worked as a firefighter in Piedmont and as a reserve firefighter in Contra Costa County, the chief said.

He said Nunes’ brothers were also firefighters for Contra Costa County and the East Bay Regional Park District.

Dong said the department’s flags are at half-staff in honor of Nunes. A memorial service is planned for him but its date has not yet been determined, the chief said.

The cause of the tractor accident remains under investigation, according to Contra Costa County fire officials.

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Cowellian February 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Rest in Peace!

Kerri Heusler February 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Sending lots of good thoughts & prayers to the family of Anthony Nunes. Anthony- thank you for your service to our community- you are a true hero.

anon February 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I am sorry for the loss to family, friends, co-workers and community of this hero fireman. May God comfort them and help them through this most difficult time.

Suzanne Brodie February 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM

My prayers and heart go out to the Nunes family..Contra Costa Fire Dept fire mans wife..we know this family..we’re so sorry for your loss..
the Brodie Family

Horse n around February 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Anthony sounds like he was a wonderful man. For his friends and family I’m sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

J. February 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Anthony Nunes.

Monday, Monday February 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Condolences to his family. And thank you for taking care of our community.

Greaftul Citizen February 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

We are sorry for him and his friends and families loss. Also thankful for his service.

Anon February 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Rest in Peace Brother Anthony. Condolences to the family and sorry for your loss.

God speed.

Silva February 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I’m truly sorry to those who knew and loved him, and my heart goes out to his communities.

WC Resident February 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

This was a tragic accident and I am sorry for his family. I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling now.

Shasta Daisy February 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Prayers to his family and friends.

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