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

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

Thinking of my dad a lot lately... He was just added to the NYS Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Albany... so proud of him. He was also added to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, DC. One quote on that memorial stuck in my mind...
"It Is Not How These Officer's Died That Made Them Heroes, It Is How They Lived"

Pamela Murray

November 2, 2017

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.