Residents of both Dundalk and Essex, members of Charm City Moose Lodge 70, came together on Oct. 13 to remember a fallen firefighter.
Lawrence Goldberg, who was a firefighter in Baltimore City and Baltimore County for 31 years, lost a battle with cancer earlier this year. He was 50.
His uncle, David Taylor, Junior Governor of Moose Lodge 70, organized a memorial service at the lodge. Goldberg’s family, along with close friends and members of the lodge, were in attendance. Maryland Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-6, and Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell, R-7, also attended the memorial service.
Goldberg joined the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department in 1988. In 1991, he joined Baltimore City Fire Department Engine House No. 42, where he remained until his passing. He moved up quickly through the ranks, Taylor said, becoming a lieutenant, captain, and spent the last eight years of his career as a battalion chief at Engine House No. 42.
“Larry was also a trainer and a teacher,” Taylor said. “If there was something that a student had problems with or didn’t understand, Larry stayed there and understood and got them through it.”
Taylor said that Goldberg was a fighter, going straight into work after receiving cancer treatment.
In 2019, Goldberg was awarded Firefighter of the Year by the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company. Also in 2019, he was awarded the J. Donald Mooney Training Award by the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
“However, Larry would be remembered for helping people and dedication to his service,” Taylor said.
At one point during the service, Daniel Price, Goldberg’s close friend, approached the podium to remember Goldberg.
“About 15 years ago, I started a Shamrock Camp Club,” Price said. “Through the years, different folks joined the club and brought some other friends along. That’s how I became friends with the Goldbergs. It didn’t take long for Larry and I to become great buddies. His family became a part of my family. Even his family’s best friend became my family.”
Price said the two families spent several “magical” times together. Goldberg asked Price to be one of his pallbearers, he said.
“I just can’t even wrap my arms around it,” Price said. “It was an honor to be his friend and having so many good times. For this to happen to such a great family, it just doesn’t seem fair.”
Salling stood before the others and presented Goldberg’s widow, Deborah Goldberg, with two citations that memorialized Goldberg. One was from the Maryland General Assembly, and the other was from Gov. Larry Hogan.
“We don’t realize what we have, sometimes, until we lose it,” Salling said. “But we can think and reminisce and talk about the great things that we can talk about, and what he’s done.”
Crandell presented the Goldbergs with a Baltimore County Council resolution that memorialized Goldberg.
“He relished everything about his career, including the camaraderie, fighting fires, saving lives and helping people in some of their most desperate times,” the resolution said.
The service concluded with a reception with friends and family sharing memories.