Raymond Bernard Somma

September 10, 1961

A 38-year veteran of the fire service, Raymond Bernard Somma was described as “one of the best and most fearless men in his department.” Raymond served as a member of the Eureka Fire Department for the entirety of his career, working his way up through the ranks until eventually receiving an offer to promote to captain which he turned down in favor of his position as an Equipment Operator. An advocate for his fellow firefighters, Raymond became the first president of Eureka Firefighters, Local 652. When Raymond wasn’t on duty, he enjoyed woodworking, photography, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Raymond left his shift ill in April of 1961 due to a heart condition that would eventually claim his life in September of that year. Raymond is survived by his granddaughter, Kathy.

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