After 28 years serving the communities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific, Valley Regional Fire Authority Captain Norm Golden has resigned to become deputy chief of operations for the Tukwila Fire Department.
The legacy Auburn Fire Department hired Golden on Oct. 1, 1992.
Over the years, Golden worked in many leadership roles, among them Officer in Charge of the Medical Services Division, Shift Fire Investigation Specialist, Station Facilities Manager, CPR/AED and Competency Based Training Instructor.
Golden was promoted to Captain in 1999 and Fire Marshal in 2012. He returned to field operations in 2017 as a captain.
Several awards highlighted his career, among them Fire Officer of the Year in 2003 and 2016, a Medal of Commendation and five Meritorious Unit Citations.
“Without question, Norm is one of the most compassionate firefighters I have ever met. His legacy, to me, is how he took care of his crew members and the citizens he served,” said VRFA Deputy Chief Brad Thompson, who worked alongside Golden for many years.
In addition to his on-shift work, Golden represented his fellow firefighters in the Valley Professional Firefighters Union, Local 1352. He held several positions including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Shift Steward.