Patrick Corder, a former firefighter from Alameda, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 43 due to a work-related post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI). Patrick’s life was one dedicated to service, having spent over 15 years as a firefighter-paramedic with the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) before retiring just last year.
In his final role, Patrick Corder served as a community paramedic, a position that reflected his commitment to aiding community members, especially those who were unhoused, in meeting their basic medical needs. His journey was one marked by selflessness and a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those around him.
Patrick’s influence extended beyond his direct service; he played pivotal roles on the IAFF Local 689 Executive Board, holding positions as Trustee, Recording Secretary, and ultimately, President. His leadership was instrumental in the success of the Alameda Fire Department Community Paramedic Programme, a crucial initiative that became a lifeline for the community it served.
Fire Chief Nick Luby expressed the community’s deep loss, emphasising Patrick’s role in the success of the community paramedic programme, stating, “Patrick was devoted to serving others through both the Alameda Fire Department and Local 689. He was instrumental in the success of the Alameda Fire Department Community Paramedic Programme, which has been a vital service to our community. This programme paved the way for the Alameda C.A.R.E. Team, the fire department’s mental health crisis response unit.”
Patrick Corder’s impact on Alameda was not merely professional; he was a resident of the city, with roots embedded deeply in the community. His sudden departure has left many residents devastated, grieving the loss of a compassionate and dedicated individual who had become an integral part of their lives.
The Alameda Fire Department officially shared the news through a press release on February 4, 2023, marking a solemn moment for the entire community.
Patrick Corder’s legacy lives on through the programs he championed and the countless lives he touched, leaving behind a void that will be challenging to fill.