Project Roll Call

Chauncey Ray

Chauncey Ray

  • Firefighter
  • Phoenix Fire Department
  • Arizona
  • Year of Death: 1977

Walter Kelson, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Chauncey Ray swam into Lake Pleasant to save youngsters on a raft who were in trouble approximately 200 feet from shore. The children were saved, but Kelson and Ray were overcome by the cold water and the distance. Ray’s son continued his father’s service by joining the Phoenix Fire Department.


This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.

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Memorial Wall

  1. An uncle whom I’ve yet to meet ?Heard nothing but good things about you. It’s an honor to be your family??

    – Cornelia Nelson