Submitted by his wife and son
Captain II Raymond Peterman
Ray was born on January 25th‚ 1941. He was a 42 year veteran of the department. Ray suffered a heart attack on July 4th while on duty. He had returned from a brush response where he had pulled hose‚ climbed and fought fire with his crew. The firestation families were at the station at the time‚ including Ray’s wife of 36 years‚ Marlene.
Ray served in Korea and returned to LAFD. He was promoted to Captain‚ January 20th‚ 1977. Ray received many Department Awards including its highest honor the Medal of Valor‚ for his efforts during the Northridge earthquake and was a recent recipient of the Captain of the Year award.
Ray was an excellent leader and nothing was too difficult from him. He enjoyed a challenge and was always working on improving his crew and the department. He was a company man who gave 110%. He loved his job. He was the tower of strength to everyone who knew him. Anyone could come to him with a problem and he would do his utmost to help.
Ray’s son Douglas fulfilled his dad’s dream to become an LAFD firefighter. His dad pinned on his badge.
Ray and Marlene were making plans right up to the end for Ray’s retirement. His wish was to travel‚ build his model ships and read his extensive library.
After many months in ICU Ray succumbed on January 17th‚ 2004. The passing of such a strong‚ vital‚ full of energy person has left an enormous void in our hearts.
Ray is survived by his wife Marlene‚ son Douglas‚ sister Lynda Sue (Steve) Brooks‚ nieces Michelle (Keith) Bartholomew and baby Emma‚ Lisa Marie Kelley in the USA and his Scottish and Norwegian families in Europe.