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The American flag is suspended from two fire truck ladders outside Haas Pavilion where the ceremony to remember veteran Berkeley firefighter Tony Nunes was held on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Photo: Ted Friedman

Firefighters, friends and family gathered on Sunday at the Haas Pavilion on the UC Berkeley campus to remember Tony Nunes, a veteran firefighter who died on Feb. 23 in an off-duty accident.

Nunes, who would have celebrated his 28th year with the Berkeley Fire Department last month, was killed when the tractor he was driving on his family property in Martinez overturned and rolled down a steep hill.

Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong described Nunes as having a personality that would always light up a room. He always had a smile on his face, he said.

Contributing photographer Ted Friedman was at the ceremony to capture the event for Berkeleyside.

Firefighters form receiving lines for guests to the ceremony to remember the life of Tony Nunes. Photo: Ted Friedman
Berkeley Fire engines parked in a row on Bancroft Way as a mark of respect for firefighter Tony Nunes. Photo: Ted Friedman
The crowd who gathered for the service included many of Nunes’ former colleagues. Photo: Ted Friedman
Colin Arnold, a firefighting colleague of Tony Nunes, spoke at the ceremony. Photo: Ted Friedman
Photographs and mementoes of Tony Nunes were posted on a board at the ceremony. Photo: Ted Friedman
Nunes’ first  helmet, from when he was in the Contra Costa County fire department. Photo: Ted Friedman

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...