Fire Service Community Achievement Award

2023 Winner

Ex-Captain Gerard W. Brown

Baldwin Fire Department

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FASNY’s 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.

Ex-Captain Gerard W. Brown, a 50-year volunteer member of the Baldwin Fire Department on Long Island, checks all those boxes – and then some!

Brown, or “Jerry,” as he is known to the department and community of Baldwin, has enjoyed an outstanding career unparalleled in effort and positive results.

“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.”

Whether he’s battling fires or helping others around the firehouse, Brown’s positive energy — dubbed “iron man firefighting” by many — rubs off on colleagues and other local and national departments in need of help. His infectious outlook has also played an important role helping Baldwin Fire Department maintain its overall high call average.

Besides his devotion to the fire service, Brown, a lifelong resident of Baldwin, 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.”

Past Award Recipients

2022 Nelson Delameter Margaretville Fire Department
2021 Joseph Lenhardt Whitesboro Fire Department
2020 Michael A. Baker Archville Fire Co.
2019 Primo Biscaro Erie Hose Co., Warsaw Fire Department
2017 Thomas J. Cuff, Jr. Levittown Fire Department
2016 John McKenna Northport Volunteer Fire Department
2015 Donald E. Snyder Wantagh Fire Department
2014 Martin Horanburg Miller Hose Company, Inc.
2012 Stanley Figiel Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company
2011 Brian J. Greck Medford Fire Department
2010 Ernest Matthews Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company
2009 Philip F. DeLorenzo Piermont Volunteer Fire Department
2008 Thomas P. Sullivan Mombasha Fire Company
2007 Warren J. Rathke (deceased) Wrights Corners Fire Company
2006 James Crowley Woodstock Fire Company #4
2005 Joseph E. Sills, Jr. A. H. Wicks Engine & Truck Company, Kingston
2004 John S. DaVanzo (deceased) Mineola Fire Department
2003 No Award Given
2002 James Mahoney (deceased) Northport Fire Department
2001 Bernard O. Monson (deceased) Albertson Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co.
2000 No Award Given
1999 Robert V. Lyon (deceased) Setauket Fire Department, East Setauket
1998 William A. Wutz (deceased) Hutchinson Hose Company, Williamsville
1997 William J. Reilly (deceased) West Babylon Fire Department
1996 Richard F. Laitenberger (deceased) Union Hill Fire Department, Webster
1995 Gus Wehrlin (deceased) Farmington Volunteer Fire Association, Inc
1994 Joseph B. Kuhn (deceased) Penfield Fire Company, Inc.