Roll of Honor

Edward J. Roddy

Edward J. Roddy

  • Firefighter
  • Somerset Volunteer Fire Department
  • Pennsylvania
  • Age: 48
  • Year of Death: 2015

Edward was born August 14, 1966, in Somerset to parents Henry Marine and Nancy Dunmeyer. After graduating from high school in 1985, he had two children from his first marriage, Courtney and Travis. After raising two children of his own, he remarried on August 3, 2001, to his wife, Donna, and took on the role of being a stepfather to her eight children, Heather, Kerry, Kayla, Joseph, Kristopher, Brandon, Dusti, and Dakota.

During his years of life, Ed took on many jobs and opportunities. He was a head cook at Bonanza for a few years, then worked for a beer distributor before going to school to learn more about becoming an EMT. He ended his job career at Herring Motors as a wrecker driver. He was a volunteer firefighter from the age of 16, starting at Boswell Fire Department and then switching to Somerset Fire Department on April 4, 2011. Ed had always enjoyed helping others, keeping not only those in danger safe, but also his friends and family whom he cared for very much.

Despite having several jobs throughout his adult life, Ed always had time for family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR races, going to fairs, watching truck pulls, and having cookouts with his friends and especially his family.

Even though he was taken too soon, Ed made an impact on many people’s lives. He will be remembered for his integrity, caring and outgoing personality, and his will to always lend a helping hand to those in need. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and her children; his two children; his brother Russ; and sisters, Glenda, Louann, and family.