In Memory

Bob Roland


Death of AndersonValley Firefighter
Author: Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Mendocino County Sheriff, and CAL FIRE
Published on Jul 7, 2008 - 8:06:33 PM
Ukiah Calif. July 7, 2008 - Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Mendocino County Sheriff, and CAL FIRE released the following statement regarding the death of Volunteer Firefighter (VFF) recruit Bob Roland, 63, of Anderson Valley, CA.

Mr. Roland suffered fatigue and respiratory difficulties on the afternoon of July 2, 2008, while working on the Oso Fire, located approximately nine miles northwest of the community of Boonville. Mr. Roland was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center where he passed away during the early morning hours of July 3, 2008.

All Mendocino County Fire Services and supporting agencies extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Roland.

VFF Roland grew up in Southern California and was a Volunteer Firefighter for CDF Riverside as a teenager. VFF Roland was a Marine Corps pilot from 1967 to 1977 and flew F-4 fighters. He retired from an aeronautical engineering firm in San Diego County and relocated to Anderson Valley six months ago.

VFF Roland is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carol; his sister, Lynda; her husband, Dar; nephews Eric and David; and Eric's daughter, Kayla.

Services were held on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 and were private. In Bob's memory, the family has requested that to honor VFF Roland's sacrifice, all energy be put into successfully fighting the Mendocino Lightning Complex fires. Recognizing the importance of family, the family has urged all Firefighters to spend as much time with their families as possible.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association, PO Box 398, 14281 Hwy 128, Boonville, CA 95415 (707) 895- 2020 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202

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03/10/10 03:23 PM #1    

Mike Hardy

Bob I was soooo surprised to see your name of the "In Memory" section.
Last I heard you were married to an airline stewardess and living in San Diego area.
I can remember some of the craziest stuff we used to do in High School but not well enough to put in print.
I did get to ride in your Model T from Riverside City College to Hemet. We could have walked faster and drank more beer(of course we were 21)!
I just wish we could have stayed in closer contact and not let time slip away as we do with so many THINGS.
I am really upset you died and did not let ME know!!
I hope all is well with you in your peaceful place!
Just remember your good buddy Mike BONE YA!!meant in a good way!!!!
As a dear lady used to tell me "To soon old and too late smart" You are in my prayers!!

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