National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Firefighter
Year of Death: 1977

Walter Kelson

Walter Kelson, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Chauncey Ray swam into Lake Pleasant to save youngsters on a raft who were in trouble approximately 200 feet from shore. The children were saved, but Kelson and Ray were overcome by the cold water and the distance. Ray’s son continued his father’s service by joining the Phoenix Fire Department.

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  1. Walter was my uncle. A great man and firefighter. He is greatly missed by family and friends. Thanks

    – Walter Winrow
  2. The heart of this firefighter can’t be measured. It gives me chills every time I think about it.

    – Brad Whitehouse