Former Martinsburg Fire Chief Lamp dies at 66

May 10, 1997


Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ray W. Lamp Jr., Martinsburg's fire chief from 1974 to 1981, died Friday while on a hunting trip in Hardy County, officials said.

Lamp, 66, who was born and raised in Berkeley County, was well-known in the community, and his death took friends by surprise.

"He was a tough old gentleman. We really didn't know he was complaining of anything," said Capt. Brad Waldeck of the Martinsburg Fire Department.


Lamp joined the department in 1956 and became chief in 1974, said Waldeck. When Lamp joined the department, it was located in the 100 block of East Burke Street.

The fire department was moved into its current facility at 200 North Raleigh Street in 1979.

In addition to his work at the Martinsburg Fire Department, Lamp was a lifetime member of the Shepherdstown and Bedington Volunteer Fire Departments. He was also past director of the Eastern Panhandle Training Center.

Lamp was an avid hunter, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Funeral services will be held Monday at Brown Funeral Home.

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