Paul Chenkovich, 48, died at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at his home in Sacramento and is survived by his wife, an 8-year-old daughter, a 15-year-old son, his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Chenkovich grew up in Pleasanton, 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, Chenkovich joined the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department as a Firefighter. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer and then to Fire Captain.
In July of 2010, Chenkovich was diagnosed with brain cancer. He retired from the fire department earlier this year and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in his battle against cancer.
Chenkovich 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 firefighters.
In addition to his passion for the fire service, Chenkovich enjoyed spending time with his family, soccer, wood working, gardening and road trips with his motorcycle club.
Information on services is not yet available.