Former Captain Gerard Brown, a 50-year volunteer member of the Baldwin Fire Department on Long Island, was named the recipient of FASNY’S Fire Service Community Achievement Award.
The annual Fire Service Community Achievement Award recognizes an individual who complements active fire service with involvement in civic organizations, charitable programs, and other community groups.
Brown, or “Jerry,” as he is known to the department and community of Baldwin, has enjoyed an outstanding career. Whether he’s battling fires or helping others around the firehouse, Brown’s positive energy — dubbed “iron man firefighting” by many — is felt by not only colleagues but other local and national departments as well. His infectious outlook has also played an important role helping Baldwin Fire Department maintain its overall high call average.
“Jerry’s initiative and foresight have resulted in new and innovative programs adopted by our department over the years,” said Timothy Hagan, captain, Hook and Ladder Company Two. “His leadership qualities and ability to think outside the box have brought many members into the loop of training, brotherhood, and dedication.”
Hagan credits firefighter Brown for transitioning Baldwin Fire Department into the modern era of firefighting. It was he who introduced advanced training and firefighter safety, while maintaining “old school values.”
Brown, a lifelong resident of Baldwin, outside of his commitment to the fire service, finds time to give thousands of hours to help neighbors, friends, and youth in the community flourish. A respected community leader, he serves his hometown as a volunteer, sanitation commissioner, activist, teacher, conservationist and mentor.
“Jerry has a strong desire to help those around him and leads by example, never asking anyone to do what he would not do himself,” said Hagan. “He’s the person you call when all else has failed. Jerry doesn’t just preach the brotherhood, he lives it,” he added. “He accomplishes all this while remaining a devoted family man.”
This award comes as Brown celebrated his 50 years of service at the Baldwin Fire Department.
Elected officials, family, and community members all celebrated Brown’s service at a ceremony in mid-June. Brown served as an EMT and the District Supervisor for the Baldwin Fire Department.
The Firefighters Association of the State of New York, FASNY was founded in 1872. For more information, visit FASNY.com.