Anthony Benelisha death, Sacramento metropolitan firefighter passed away after battling cancer

Anthony Benelisha

“Hero’s Farewell” The Sacramento firefighting community mourned the loss of Firefighter-Paramedic Anthony “Benny” Benelisha. At 32, Anthony passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

Known for his dedication as a firefighter, union brother, and loving family man, Anthony’s memory will forever be cherished by those who were touched by his kindness and bravery. Please keep reading to learn more details on his passing and Anthony Benelisha cause of death.


Anthony Benelisha passed away

The Arcata Fire District is grieving the loss of their cherished firefighter, Anthony Benelisha. On February 7, 2024, Sacramento Firefighters’ Local 522 mourned the loss of Firefighter-Paramedic Anthony “Benny” Benelisha, aged 32.

After a courageous battle against cancer, Anthony peacefully passed away, leaving behind a loving circle of family and friends who stood by him through every challenge.

The Arcata Fire District officially announced the passing of Anthony Benelisha through a social media post, confirming the sad news and expressing condolences.

It‘s with a heavy heart that Local 4981 announces that our brother Anthony Benelisha passed away this morning. Anthony was one of a kind. An amazing Fireman, staunch union brother, and most importantly an amazing Father, Husband, and Son. Anthony served in many roles while a member of our union most recently as our Local President before leaving the department to chase his dream as a Fireman for the @metro_fire_local_union. Anthony will always be remembered for his dedication to his brothers. Fair winds and following seas.

Anthony Benelisha cause of death

According to reports from 2019, Anthony “Benny” Benelisha, known as a devoted husband, father, and friend, faced a diagnosis of colorectal cancer at the young age of 27.

Anthony Benelisha, a fantastic firefighter and a caring family man, passed away on February 7, 2024. He fought bravely against job-related cancer, but at 32, he left us too soon.

Anthony was not just a dedicated fireman but also a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He’ll be remembered for his strong bond with his firefighter brothers. Throughout his battle, he was surrounded by the love and support of friends and family. His memory will always be cherished.

Who was Anthony Benelisha?

Anthony “Benny” Benelisha realized his dream of becoming a firefighter six years ago, dedicating his passion and skills to the Arcata Fire District. In a short span, Anthony earned accolades such as Rookie of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and the Fire Chief’s Achievement Award. Concurrently, he served as an EMT with Arcata-Mad River Ambulance for six years.

Driven by a profound sense of service, he volunteered for deployments to major fires like the Soberanes Fire, Thomas Fire, and Camp Fire. Beyond his selfless actions, Anthony consistently pursued professional growth, attending fire conferences annually and imparting knowledge through teaching local firefighting classes.

Anthony found his life partner in Ashleigh three years ago, marrying her two years later. His dream of fatherhood became a reality with the birth of his daughter, Eleanor, on March 14, 2019. Known for his unwavering loyalty and kindness, Anthony extended care to those around him, earning the love and respect of peers and coworkers.

His commitment to doing the right thing, even when unpopular, defined his character. A skilled craftsman, he found solace in building furniture and embraced his role as a family man, cooking for his loved ones and nurturing his daughter. Sadly, Anthony succumbed to cancer, leaving behind a legacy of selflessness, dedication, and love for his family, friends, and the firefighting community.

If you can, please help support his wife and 4-year-old daughter. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-anthony-benelisha…

“Remembering Anthony Benelisha: A Tribute to Courage and Community”

Trudi Smith

You gained your wings today, Anthony Benelisha. We knew it was coming, but it’s still so raw and hurts. Thank you for loving my daughter and gifting me a part of you forever with Nellie! You fought a long and courageous battle. You are finally at peace. I love you, son, and may you rest eternally in Heavenly Paradise! Continue to watch over my baby and Noodle! 💗💔 👨‍🚒

Brandy Taylor

Please share! My sweet friend Ashleigh just lost her husband to cancer this morning. I watched our community come together for my family during Matt’s battle with this horrible disease. Let’s show Ashleigh and her daughter some love and support.

Tonya Rott

Today, my heart weighs heavy. No matter how much we try to prepare ourselves, it still hurts. Benelisha, you fought the fight, you fought it hard, you single-handedly made such an impact on so many lives, mine included. Rest easy, my friend, we got it from here ~ ‘Miss Tonya’

Nick Arnett

My former co-worker used to tell me to keep an eye out for his son, Anthony, on wildland fires. I don’t think we ever met, but this news still hits hard. Cancer is the No. 1 killer of firefighters.


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