Gerard was a 50-year-old firefighter who served for 12 years with the Borodino Fire Department. Although Gerard was mentally handicapped‚ it did not slow down his desire to learn and train. He took any class that he could and actively participated. Many instructors commented on his enthusiasm and eagerness to help. He may not have passed many courses‚ but that did not dissuade him from trying.
Gerard was known as the ‘Mayor of Borodino’ due to his constant presence around town. He was involved in almost all the departmental committees and also helped out with town committees and events. Gerard was depended on for keeping track of the going on in the town and department. If a member was sick or a town committee needed our help‚ he was our go-to guy. He was our main PR man during events‚ showing off new equipment or gear and touring the apparatus with the kids and adults.
We have many pictures of Red Cross blood drive personnel and kids at our pancake breakfast wearing Gerard’s turnout gear. The fire service was his passion‚ and he tried to draw people in and show what being a member was all about. He took great pride in being a member‚ and his service was his main identity.