Delaware County Fire and EMS Memorial Committee Holds Ceremony to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Released: November 14, 2022

Delaware County Council Vice President Elaine Paul Schaefer, Councilman Kevin Madden and District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer had the honor of attending an induction ceremony Nov. 12 at Rose Tree Park. The annual ceremony, hosted by the Delaware County Fallen Firefighter and EMS Memorial Committee, honors the life and legacy of fallen firefighters.

This year, the ceremony honored Captain Michael Malinowski of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Company. Captain Malinowski died Dec. 3, 2019, after responding to a call for wires and downed trees. Following the call, he reported to officers that he felt unwell. At work the next morning, he had a feeling of tightness in his chest and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Captain Malinowski was a 1997 graduate of Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School, where he played football, baseball and track running. He began volunteering with the Gloucester City Fire Department as a teenager, then became captain of Morton-Rutledge Fire Company Station 13 in 2019, where he also served on the board. Captain Malinowski is survived by his wife, Melissa, and his five children, Bailey, Michael Jr., Matthew, Cooper and Harper.

The ceremony honored Captain Malinowski and honored his heroism and selfless dedication to the community. His name was added to the memorial wall as family, friends, and members of firefighters and EMS gathered to celebrate his legacy.

The Board expresses its deepest sympathy and gratitude to Captain Malinowski’s family and friends, as well as the fire and EMS community.

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