The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 4, 2014

Berlin fire chief honored for 40-plus years of service

Gerald Parry recently stepped down from two locally prominent positions he held as an emergency responder.

He left his roles as Somerset County Hazardous Materials Response Team 600’s central region assistant chief and as Berlin Volunteer Fire Department’s chief.

“I’m not a young chicken anymore,” said Parry. “This is a young man’s game.”

The county honored Parry for his service with Commissioner John Vatavuk presenting him with a plaque.

“I appreciate their appreciation,” Parry said.

Vatavuk added, “Jerry’s a great guy, and I’ve enjoyed working with him.

“He’s been a real credit to the hazmat team here in the county, and he’s also been a credit to the fire department out in Berlin.”

He spent more than four decades as a volunteer fireman, including when he served as Berlin’s chief for the past 12 years.

Parry plans to remain active with the hazmat team as a technician.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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