Towson man to be feted as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year

Towson resident Robert Tracey will be honored Dec. 7 as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the Towson American Legion's annual Commander's Christmas Dinner in the Blue Room at 125 York Road.

Tracey, a longtime firefighter in the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company and a Baltimore County firefighter assigned to the Towson station, is one of four people who will be feted at the dinner. The others are:


• Owings Mills resident Keenan-Joseph-Paul Green, of the police department's 6th precinct, as Law Enforcement Offier of the Year.

• Bruce Schwartz, of Hanover, Pa., who works at the Towson fire station, as Career Firefighter of the Year.


Gregory Gatto, of Abingdon, also assigned to the Towson fire station, as Career EMS of the Year.

Tracey, who is married with two grown children and has been an active member of the Lutherville company since 1977, "has consistently been a top responder to emergency calls and given countless hours of his time in other ways," said Towson American Legion Commander Fred Hofferbert Jr., reading from a wrte-up given to him by Mark Goodwin, captain of the Lutherville station.

According to the write-up, Tracey in February helped rescue an unconscious person who was trapped under debris in a house fire in Timonium.

Tracey and Goodwin could not be reached for comment.