Michael E. Dalton, firefighter, avid golfer

March 03, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Michael E. Dalton, a retired Baltimore firefighter and avid golfer, died Thursday of brain cancer at his Essex home. He was 58.

Mr. Dalton was born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn. He was a 1969 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.

He began his career with the city Fire Department in 1970 as a firefighter assigned to Engine 46 on Reisterstown Road. He was promoted to pump operator in 1974 and lieutenant a year later.

Mr. Dalton was named captain in 1978 and a battalion chief in 1980. From 1990 until his retirement in 2002, he served as assistant chief of administration at department headquarters in downtown Baltimore.

Mr. Dalton's work during his 32-year career earned him many departmental commendations and citizen awards, including the John L. Seiss Gentleman's Award, which was recently presented to him by Baltimore Fire Officers Local 964.

"Mike was noted for his leadership style of being calm, cool and collected, as well as always being fair," said Deputy Chief Raymond O. "Rod" Devilbiss Jr.

"He was a leader that everyone looked up to. He was always in control managing a large incident and never showed any signs of anxiety," he said.

Mr. Devilbiss added: "If you had Mike Dalton for a friend, you had a friend forever."

In addition to playing golf, Mr. Dalton enjoyed fishing from his Carolina skiff, said his wife of 39 years, the former Marsha A. Simmons.

He was an active communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Middle River.

Mr. Dalton was a former parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a daughter, Christina L. Webster of Abingdon; a sister, Jacqueline Dalton of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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