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20th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Forest Ranger Raymond L. Murray, along with 117 firefighters killed in the line of duty, was added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at a ceremony outside the state Capitol in Albany yesterday. Of the 118 deceased firefighters, 114 of them died as a result of the 9/11 injuries and illnesses. The Memorial now has 2,524 names of the New York firefighters who died in the line of duty after it was dedicated in 1998.

Forest Ranger Murray is the only Ranger to lose his life in the line of duty. He died on October 9, 1970 in an airplane crash while conducting an aerial patrol to detect forest fires and violators of state fire laws. Just after take-off, the plane piloted by Jack Marvin crashed in the village of Hammondsport seriously injuring himself and District Ranger Bob Roche. The only fatality at the time of the crash was Forest Ranger Raymond Murray of Addison, New York. Marvin later died of his injuries. Ranger Murray had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

A large contingent of Forest Rangers, including PBA Secretary and Forest Ranger Superior Officers Director Drew Cavanagh, Forest Rangers Director Art Perryman, Alternate Director Chuck Kabrehl, and Division of Forest Protection Director Eric Lahr attended the ceremony as well as hosted Ranger Murray’s two daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren at a dinner in Albany the night before. It is important that we never forget our fallen heroes and the several Forest Rangers who hosted the Murray family and attended the ceremony made sure he and his family were properly honored.