FENWICK ISLAND – Beach Patrol Captain Tim Ferry was recognized last Friday for serving the Town of Fenwick Island for 10 years as well as guarding the beaches of Delaware for the past 40 years.
During Friday’s Fenwick Island Town Council meeting, Ferry was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Council Vice President Richard Mais, recognizing his service with the town for the past 10 years.
“The Town of Fenwick Island Town Council would like to recognize Timothy Ferry for his 10 years of lifesaving service as captain of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol,” Mais said. “His commitment and dedication to the community is recognized and appreciated.”
Representative Ron Grey presented Ferry, who has made more than 500 rescues in his career, with proclamations from both the State of Delaware House of Representatives and Delaware Senate representing Senator Gerald Hocker.
The Senate recognized Ferry for his remarkable tenure guarding Delaware’s shore starting at the age of 15 as a lifeguard in Bethany Beach.
“For over 40 years, he has been a prominent figure where land meets sea in the first state. Guarding, guiding and protecting … countless Delawareans and vacationers from fields afar along Delaware’s shores,” the proclamation stated. “He has gained the respect and gratitude of many along the way. We recognize the Captain’s countless hours of commitment to well-being of others.”
The House of Representatives also recognized Ferry for his many years guarding Delaware’s beaches as well as serving as president of the Sussex County Lifesaving Association and vice president of the United States Lifesaving Association’s Mid-Atlantic Region.
“We commend Capt. Ferry for his remarkable commitment and contributions,” Grey said.
Ferry thanked everyone for the recognition, including former Mayor Pete Frederick, who was in attendance, for bringing him on as beach patrol captain.
“To say I like my job is an understatement,” a choked up Ferry said.
Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden also took the opportunity to recognizing Ferry.
“It has been an incredible pleasure working with him for 10 years. We have been working together since day one and the professionalism I have seen grow in his organization is amazing,” Chief Boyden said.