Ragin' Ray Hancock, Retired M'ville Firefighter, Has Passed Away

Bonnie Johnson - Thursday, April 12, 2018
Ragin' Ray Hancock, Retired M'ville Firefighter, Has Passed Away

The Marysville Fire District is mourning the passing of retired Firefighter Ray Hancock who died April 1, 2018, after a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hancock, known affectionately as “Ragin’ Ray” to his fire service family, was a diver with the U.S. Navy before joining the Marysville Fire District in 1993. He would later serve as one of the first drivers on Ladder 62 and become a charter member of the Marysville Fire District Technical Rescue Team. In his 19 years with the district, Hancock left his peers with a lifetime of fond memories.

“Ray was an outstanding firefighter, driver/operator and patient care provider,” Fire Chief Martin McFalls said. “His name fit him well; he truly was like a ‘Ray of Sunshine.’ He had a bold presence and booming voice with an outgoing, friendly nature. Ray’s personality and approach to life made him a pleasure, not to mention a lot of fun, to be around.”

Flags will fly at half-staff across the district in honor of Hancock’s life on April 21, the day of his memorial services.


Content courtesy of the City of Marysville Press Release