By Anna Tse
On Wednesday morning, February 6, firefighters gathered at City Hall to salute two of their own: one for providing over three decades of service and another for receiving a promotion to the rank of lieutenant.
In a ceremony at Mayor Gary Christenson’s office, Lieutenant Henry G. Ferrick received a citation recognizing his retirement after serving the Malden Fire Department for over 35 years. Appointed as a firefighter in 1977, Ferrick received numerous commendations during his career. In December 1984 he was recognized for his courageous efforts during a fire at the Beth Israel West Temple. He was again recognized for his dedication to protecting lives and property during a fire at 168 Ferry Street in January 1986.
In Fall, 2002 Ferrick was also recognized for representing his profession by Chief Kevin M. Walsh of Melrose, for his performance during a fire at 178 Washington St. in Melrose.
Steve Edwards, who has been with the department for eight years, was promoted to lieutenant. Edwards, the father of three, was in the Marine Reserves for seven years, including a nine-month deployment in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006, prior being appointed as a firefighter in Malden.
Edwards stated, “I am very thankful for this opportunity that allows me to take on additional responsibility. As always, I am happy to serve the people of the City of Malden in any way I can.”