Ray Swanson’s journey as a firefighter began in 1952, and for three decades, he fearlessly faced the flames, protected our community, and selflessly put others before himself. His bravery, camaraderie, and unwavering dedication to the BLFD inspired us all.
In September 2019, Firefighter Swanson returned to the BLFD to witness the culmination of his lifelong service—a legacy banner that proudly displayed his name alongside those of his esteemed colleagues. He also presented his retirement belt buckle as a symbol of his enduring devotion to our department. This poignant moment exemplified his deep sense of duty and pride in his firefighting career.
Today, as we bid farewell to our beloved brother and colleague, we remember Ray Swanson not only for his exceptional service but also for the kindness, mentorship, and camaraderie he extended to everyone fortunate enough to work alongside him. He was not just a firefighter; he was a mentor, a friend, and a source of unwavering support for all.
We extend our deepest condolences to Ray’s family during this time of mourning. Your loss is immeasurable, and we share in your grief. May you find solace in knowing that Ray’s legacy will forever burn brightly in our hearts and within the walls of the BLFD.
To Firefighter Ray Swanson, we say thank you for your tireless dedication, your courage in the face of danger, and the lasting impact you’ve left on our department. You have completed your final call, and your memory will forever live on in the annals of the BLFD’s history.
Rest in peace, dear brother. You have earned your eternal rest.
With heartfelt sympathy,
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