A well-known Ferndale icon peacefully left us on Sunday July 19th. Our loss is filled with endless loving memories of Former Fire Commissioner Metzger. While waving his index finger and poking fun, we all knew him as Gerald.
Gerald proudly served his country and community for over half a century. He was a proud decorated recipient of the United States Army bronze star for serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After returning home Gerald partnered with his brother moving homes and doing various construction jobs. Soon the management of Intalco (Ferndale location) provided Gerald with the opportunity to have a good paying job for over twenty years and retirement.
In his fifties Gerald became one of three elected Fire Commissioners for Whatcom County Fire District Seven. For thirty-five years he helped grow and develop the foundation of the Ferndale Fire Department. In addition he was a responder with the Whatcom County Fire and Rescue 4×4 Mobile Response team, and supported our local law enforcement, Old Settlers Association projects and American Foreign Legion members.
It is not easy to be subcontracted by Mr. Christopher Kringle, however every year Santa would trust Gerald to help spread the holiday cheer. Proudly and without hesitation, Gerald would don a very close replica of Santa’s red suit and hat. For years, and years Ferndale children would sit on Santa’s knee and whisper their most important requests into his ear. Santa Gerald would offer his hardy ho ho ho’s, and presented everyone with their own candy cane and smile.