Albert Bernard, known to all as Bert, is living proof of a person who served his country and community his entire life. Bert was born in St. Paul in 1922 and attended St. Paul Academy. He participated in football, basketball and baseball and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1940. He attended Mt. Angel College and there played basketball and baseball. He left college to join the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 as first class petty officer radar man during World War II. For his service, Bert received the Combat Action Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon leaving the Navy, he joined the family business, St. Paul Feed and Supply. With his brother George, Bert owned and operated St. Paul Feed and Supply for 50 years. He joined the St. Paul Fire Department in 1947 and during his 55 years of service, he dedicated himself to the fire department as Firefighter, Association President, Assistant Chief, Secretary/Treasurer, EMT and Fire Chief. He also served on the Marion County Fire Defense Board.
In 1969 Bert married his longtime girlfriend Margaret Traeger of Mt. Angel and together they continued their dedication to serving the community. He is a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul Rodeo Association, St. Paul Knights of Columbus, St. Paul Garden Club and was a St. Paul City Councilor for over 25 years.
Inducted October 21, 2016