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A Final Salute for a Colonie Captain

By MIKE CAREY, Correspondent | September 12, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 092120110

Colonie, NY - Family and friends gathered on Saturday, September 12th, to remember a longtime firefighter and paramedic in Colonie.

Ron Baker died September 4th at the age of 79. He started a longtime dedication to fire and EMS service in 1974 when he joined the Colonie Fire Department. A year later, he was named firefighter of the year, an honor he would receive again in 1984. He became a certified EMT in 1975, and helped develop the EMS program in the Troy Fire Department. He served as the city's EMS Coordinator from 1979-1990 and went on to serve an instrumental role in creating the Colonie town EMS department in 1989. He served as Deputy Chief of the Colonie EMS from 1991-2002, and was one of the first first responders from the Albany area to respond to ground zero after the 9-11 attacks.

Ron served several other roles in addition to his time as a firefighter and paramedic. He was an instructor in the paramedic program at Hudson Valley Community College, and a part-time paramedic with the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. At the time of his death, he served as a regional fire instructor for the New York State Department of Homeland Security.

Firefighters, colleagues, friends and family gathered at Cook Park on September 11th to pay their respects. A funeral with full honors took place September 12th, including a final salute at the Colonie Village Firehouse.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.