Mayor Baker Joins with Other City Officials in Commenting on the Passing of Former City Fire Chief James Ford
Posted on 05/24/2012 12:28 pm
It is with deep regret that Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker and Wilmington Fire Chief Willie Patrick announce the death of former Fire Chief James Ford, who passed away this morning following a battle with cancer. Chief Ford served the citizens of Wilmington for 30 years; more than 24 years as a firefighter, and five and a half years as Wilmington’s Fire Chief. Following his retirement from the City in 2007, Chief Ford became the Safety and Security Manager for the Riverfront Development Corporation.
The Mayor, Fire Chief Patrick, Wilmington City Council President Norman Griffiths, and Council Public Safety Committee Chair Loretta Walsh today offered the following comments on the passing of Chief Ford:
“Chief Ford was the consummate City employee—dedicated, professional, and an all-around nice guy,” said Mayor Baker. “He was deeply respected by his colleagues and the public he served for 30 years. During my own 40 years of public service, I have been fortunate to meet some remarkable individuals who have impressed me with their winning personality, dedication to their work and concern for the citizens of Wilmington. Jim Ford was one of these individuals—a true class act. On behalf of all of our citizens, I express condolences to his wife Vera, his son Tom, his daughters Jessica and Jaime, and to the thousands of people who have known Jim Ford as a friend and mentor. I will remember him fondly.”
“The Delaware Fire Service has lost a true champion,” said Chief Patrick. “Chief Ford served the citizens of Wilmington with a deep passion and dedication. He led with innovative ideas, and was respected throughout the fire service in Delaware as well as the region. On behalf of the Wilmington Fire Department family, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the Ford family. Jim Ford will surely be missed.”
“Chief Ford was a gentleman, a leader, a family man and one who always had time for others,” said Council President Griffiths. “As the former Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department, he was always accessible and he motivated his department to do their best. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathy to the Ford family during this time of bereavement.”
“Hearing about Jim Ford's death was very sad,” said Council Member Walsh. “Wilmington has lost a true son. His dedication and love for our City was unending.”
Mayor Baker has directed that all City of Wilmington flags be flown at half staff through next week to honor Chief Ford.