Forest Ranger Raymond L. Murray

Forest Ranger Raymond L. Murray

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Division of Lands and Forests, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 9, 1970

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Raymond L. Murray

Ranger Murray was killed in an airplane accident while taking off from the airport in Hammondsport, New York. He was conducting an aerial patrol to detect forest fires and violators of state fire laws.

Ranger Murray's flight was an inaugural flight launching a new forest fire detection system from the air by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. The crash was believed to be caused by a strong downdraft.

Ranger Murray had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Ranger Murray,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 9, 2020

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