Jerry Bernstrom Obituary – A terrible accident took place in our neighborhood over the course of the last weekend; the vast majority of you are likely already aware of what took place, as it has received a great deal of media attention. Jerry Bernstrom was someone who, in addition to being a husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone in our town, was also someone who made a significant contribution to our fire department that was incredibly valuable.
This contribution was much valued. He passed away not too long ago. Recently, Jerry Bernstrom passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was loved and respected by many, and his absence will be keenly felt by everybody. Jerry joined the Lancaster Fire Department in 1974, and just a few short years later, in 1978, he was elevated to the position of Fire Chief there. In 1974, Jerry joined the Lancaster Fire Department. 1974 was the year when Jerry began his career with the department as an employee.
Despite the fact that he “retired” in 2007, after holding the position of chief from 1993 up until that year, he continued to serve in that capacity up to that year. He had maintained that job continuously since 1993. Even after Jerry had hung up his firefighter’s helmet and retired from the fire department, our department was still able to rely on him for assistance whenever we required it. Even after Jerry had hung up his firefighter’s helmet and resigned from the fire department.
Even after Jerry had left his position in the fire department, our department was still able to seek support from him. He would come to our large grass fires bearing provisions of food, snacks, and beverages, and he would check on everyone of us to make sure that we were doing fine. He would also make sure that the fires were extinguished. In addition to this, he would keep an eye on the fires to ensure that they were being put out correctly.
He ensured that we were able to refuel our trucks and respond promptly to the ensuing issue by keeping his gas station open well past the time at which it was scheduled to close. Jerry has been an inspiration for a sizeable portion of the staff members who are employed here, and he has both enlightened and entertained us with the incredible stories he has to tell from his time spent volunteering for the fire department and protecting the town. He has also served as a role model for a sizeable portion of the staff members who are employed here.