City of Alameda Mourns Loss of Former Firefighter

It is with great sadness that the Alameda Fire Department regrets to announce that former Alameda Firefighter Patrick Corder has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 43 due to a work-related post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI).

Patrick served the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) as a Firefighter-Paramedic for more than 15 years before retiring last year. Most recently, Patrick was a Community Paramedic where he was devoted to helping community members, including the unhoused, in meeting their basic medical needs. Throughout his career, Patrick served on the IAFF Local 689 Executive Board as Trustee, Recording Secretary, and President. “Patrick was devoted to serving others through both the Alameda Fire Department and Local 689. He was instrumental in the success of our Community Paramedic program which has been a vital service to our community. This program paved the way for the Alameda C.A.R.E Team, the Fire Department’s mental health crisis response unit,” stated Fire Chief Nick Luby.

Patrick was an Alameda resident and his strong Alameda roots leave many here devastated by his sudden loss. Our hearts are with Patrick’s wife, their families, his AFD family, and all his friends and loved ones. Please honor their request for privacy during this incredibly difficult time.

Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft stated, “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Patrick Corder, a beloved community member and first responder. Our first responders are the ones we call for help, but in the course of their work, they are exposed to incidents that can result in acute and cumulative physical and psychological impacts. I have been in communication with Fire Chief Nick Luby who has my full support during this incredibly difficult time for our fire department.”

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or visit Even beyond his death Patrick is continuing his legacy of serving others and giving them a second chance at life with the donation of his organs. To learn more about how you can be an organ and tissue donor, visit