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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 62
Year of Death: 2004

Raymond L. Peterman

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.

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  1. Ray Peterman was my godfather and I have nothing but wonderful memories of this wonderful man. Taken too early from this world, but I will always be his wee bugger (affectionately said to me when I was little). Always in our thoughts never forgotten. xx

    – Gillian merry Scotland uk
  2. I was Ray’s neighbor in 1957 on La Miranda Ave in Hollywood. Even then he was like everyone’s “big brother”. He helped all of us by being a wonderful role-model, being respectful & responsible, yet fun and patient with we younger kids. He was always repairing or fixing something for someone. I really liked his sister Sue and his parents. Fond memories and much respect.

    – Carol Claus