Goldenite Jerry Stricker admits that although he’s not good at it, he loves to play golf. But something he is undeniably good at is ensuring that fire safety is available to people across the …
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Goldenite Jerry Stricker admits that although he’s not good at it, he loves to play golf.
But something he is undeniably good at is ensuring that fire safety is available to people across the state.
Stricker “is very focused on prevention and education,” said Golden Fire Department’s Chief Alicia Welch. His work at the state level, she added, makes the entire state safer.
On Jan. 18, the Fire Marshal’s Association of Colorado (FMAC) honored Stricker as the inaugural recipient of the to-be annual Fire Marshal of the Year award.
In Golden, Stricker “has an integral role in each and every new development, from the plan phase through final inspection,” Welch said. But it was because of his efforts “locally and nationally (that) his peers nominated him for Fire Marshal of the Year.”
FMAC consists of people who serve their communities as “fire chiefs, fire inspectors, fire marshals, public fire safety educators, building inspectors, fire protection engineers, fire protection contractors, and others with an interest in fire and life safety,” states its website.
In all, there are about 125-150 members, Stricker said, who has been a member since 1993. He served as FMAC’s president in the early 2000s, but since 2006, Stricker began serving on the association’s legislative committee. He became its chair in 2012. In this role, he monitors, tracks and becomes involved with legislative bills that are of interest to FMAC — for example, statewide fire and life safety codes for public schools.
“Over the years, Fire Marshal Stricker has acted as a mentor to new fire marshals in the state and regularly offers wise insights to his fellow members in the association,” said Bruce Kral, fire marshal for West Metro Fire Protection District and the president of FMAC. “Stricker’s countless efforts over the years to keep the citizens and firefighters of Golden and the State of Colorado safe and free from the ravages of fire are more than worthy of this recognition.”
Stricker grew up on a farm in Nebraska and started as a volunteer firefighter there. He moved to Colorado in June 1983 and began his career as a professional firefighter with Eagle River Fire Protection District in Eagle County. He was eventually cross-trained in law enforcement — fire investigation and code, and moved to Golden in 1992.
Stricker and his wife Suzi have been married for nearly 34 years and they raised two sons — one lives in Arvada and the other in Wheat Ridge. In his free time, Stricker enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren, gardening and playing golf.
Stricker has been with the Golden Fire Department for 26-and-a-half years and has served as a fire marshal since 1996. In 2007, he took on the additional responsibility of deputy chief.
“I have a variety of things I do every day,” Stricker said, adding he enjoys his job because he “gets to have an impact on the community, overall.”
Stricker feels honored and humbled to be the first recipient of the Fire Marshal of the Year award, he said, but added that his accomplishments are not his to claim alone. The Golden Fire Department consists of a group of dedicated individuals — a mix of career and volunteer firefighters, Stricker said.
“This is a team sport,” he said. “Everybody plays their part.”
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