Dallas – The City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department lost a 65-year Veteran Volunteer Firefighter last night when Battalion Chief Delbert Fredricks, age 87, died at his home on February 27. He was born on May 28, 1929, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota the son of Edward and Lottie Fredricks. The family moved to Dallas in the spring of 1941. Delbert graduated from Dallas High School in 1947. He married Agnes Smith on November 8, 1952, in Salem. Delbert worked with his father at Dallas Auto Parts for many years. He retired from Carquest as an auto parts counterman in March of 2003. Delbert was a longtime active member of the Dallas First Christian Church.
BC Fredricks started with the Dallas Fire Department in June 1951. Throughout his time of service at the Department, he attained the rank of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and finally Battalion Chief. He has responded to thousands of calls for service including large commercial fires, large scale wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents and medical aid calls.
Chief Fredricks had completed 65 years of consecutive service and was halfway to 66 years of volunteer service. In the past years, he has been on Special Services, writing the monthly Fire Department newsletter titled Just Rambling.
Fredricks’ more than six decades of volunteer service to the community have been recognized by the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association which bestowed their Award of Excellence on him, Governor Kitzhaber, and the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce which recognized him as Citizen of the Year. He was also a national finalist in the Energizer Battery - Energizer Bunny® Keep Going® spirit award.
Our Department, families, community and volunteer fire agencies in the Polk County area have lost a longtime friend, dedicated community volunteer, firefighting advocate and great historian.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes, daughters, Candace Lowry, Cheryl Klee and Colleen Pinner, along with 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and his sister, Dorothy Lossett.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at the Dallas Fire Department 915 SE Shelton St. Visitation will be on Friday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment will be in Dallas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas Fire Department in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center who is caring for the family.