San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel, 59, died the morning of September 10th while working a shift at Battalion 1. BC Smerdel had returned from an early morning fire alarm call, and was later found by coworkers in his office, unresponsive.

Advanced Life Support measures were immediately initiated. He was pronounced deceased surrounded by his Fire Department Family, and later joined at the station by the Departments Chaplain and the Smerdel family.

Battalion Chief Smerdel was a 26 year veteran of the Department and assigned to Battalion 9 since January 2017. Terry worked in a variety of assignments and was a long-time member of Station 17.

He is survived by his wife Cyndy, daughter Danica, son Jack, sister Kathy and brother, retired Battalion Chief, Tony Smerdel.

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