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    Firefighter Randy Perry 08-26-2002 Surprise Arizona

    for immediate release

    CONTACT: kevin pool

    interim assistant chief

    surprise fire department

    pager: 602-660-2181


    Funeral service set for Surprise firefighter


    SURPRISE, AZ. (Aug. 27, 2002) --- A 31-year-old father of two who realized his dream of becoming a firefighter last December, has died of cancer.

    Flags over City of Surprise offices are being flown at half-staff this week for Surprise firefighter Randy Perry, who died at about 8:15 last night at his home. His family was by his bedside, said Kevin Pool, interim assistant chief for Surprise. Perry had celebrated his birthday on Aug. 9.


    Visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sunland Memorial, 15826 Del Webb Blvd. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday at North Phoenix Baptist Church, Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix followed by a procession back to Sunland Memorial for closing ceremonies. A reception will be held at Mountain View Recreation Center, 107th Avenue and Mountain View in Sun City.

    Perry, who was assigned to Station 302 at 18600 Reems Road, was diagnosed with colon cancer in January. Firefighters from across the Valley rallied to raise money for experimental surgery in a California hospital. A tumor was removed but the cancer had spread Perry

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    Surprise Firefighter Randy Perry

    Dead firefighter is honored


    By Stephanie A. Miller
    The Arizona Republic
    Aug. 31, 2002


    PHOENIX - Surprise Firefighter Randy Perry lived his life as a fighter, friends and colleagues say.


    Perry, 31, fought to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter, which he achieved after completing training last December.

    He also fought a battle against colon cancer that was diagnosed in January.

    But on Monday, the husband and father of two young children lost his struggle.

    Family, friends and colleagues gathered at his funeral Friday to celebrate the firefighter's life.

    "He was just a good guy," said John Walter, a retired Surprise fire chief who hired Perry. "He worked hard at getting along with people and the fire community, and he earned his place. Randy was a fighter."

    About 600 people came to the service at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix. The fire departments of Phoenix, Tempe, the Sun Cities, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Mesa, Avondale, Peoria, Rural/Metro and others were present.

    At the center of Perry's firetruck, L-302, lay his uniform, boots and helmet that bore well-wishes, stickers and smiley faces.

    Black cloaks were draped around the truck's front and side panels with an American flag sailing in the back. A photo of a smiling Perry was on both sides with the department's two firetrucks behind.

    In a steel-like pose, the honor guard lifted white-gloved hands to salute Perry's wife, Renee, and family during the processional.

    Nearby, the Mesa Fire Honor Guard's bagpipe band played as Perry's American flag-draped coffin was escorted by members of his fire department.



    Reach the reporter at stephanie.

    miller@arizonarepublic.com or (602) 444-6928.
    http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizo...funeral31.html

    Earlier photo of L-302

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    CITY OF SURPRISE L-302

    REMEMBER BROTHER FIREFIGHTER RANDY PERRY
    PRAY FOR RANDY AND HIS FAMILY
    Wife Renee, and two daughters: Kendall, 2, and Jordan, born July 31 2002


    Donations are still being accepted at Bank of America to cover medical expenses.
    The account number is 004677667092

    photo of L302 is an earlier photo


    City of Surprise Fire Dept. Link

    http://www.surpriseaz.com/index.asp?ID=22

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    In Memory of Randy

    Surprise Firefighter Randall Scott Perry

    August 9, 1971 to August 26, 2002

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    Unhappy��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� loss of suprrise az. ff

    Well so young to pass on to the big fire house in the sky.to Randy 's family I'm sorry on your loss.

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    Surprise Fire Department appreciates mortuary's efforts

    Published: Aug 27, 2003 - 11:42:31 AM MDT

    Sunland's generosity repaid




    Fire department appreciates mortuary's efforts

    By Matt Loeschman/Independent Newspapers

    In extending their appreciation to Sunland Mortuary, the Surprise Fire Department also honored the memory of a fallen brother.

    The fire department presented a small statue to Sunland last week to express gratitude for the mortuary's assistance over the past two years.

    "It's been tough for us lately," explained Surprise firefighter Dan Gromer. "We lost Randy (Perry) and we also had a firefighter who had three deaths in his family in less than six months. But Sunland has been so good to us over the past couple years, we just wanted to do something to show our appreciation."

    Firefighters from both Surprise and Sun City joined Mr. Gromer and Surprise Chief Mike White for a brief Aug. 21 ceremony at the Sunland office, 15826 Del Webb Blvd. Mr. Gromer presented the statue to Alexis Long of Sunland.

    "It's really stunning," said Ms. Long. "Truly a beautiful piece of art. To be able to help the fire department is an honor and privilege for us."

    The statue, about 18 inches tall, is titled "Heart of Courage." It depicts a firefighter with his helmet off, holding it over his heart. The inscription reads, "To Sunland ... We humbly honor the unconditional support and generosity that you bestow upon our members and their families in our time of greatest need."

    "We have a committee called the Health and Relief Association set up to help department and community members," Mr. Gromer explained. "We put money in and we can help out our own or someone in the community. We saw this statue in a catalog and thought it would be nice to give to Sunland."

    Sunland offered financial and emotional support to both families during their time of need, Mr. Gromer noted. Mr. Perry, a member of Station 302, died Aug. 26, 2002 following an eight-month battle with cancer.

    Mr. Perry's widow, Renee, said the mortuary's service was invaluable.

    "The amount of help Sunland gave me was unbelievable," said Ms. Perry, a mother of two young daughters. "I'm glad the fire department was able to say thank you. Being a firefighter meant a lot to Randy. It was his dream and I'm glad he was able to realize it."

    Surprise resident Connie Zolinski, whose son is a Surprise firefighter, recently experienced the loss of three family members.

    "We have had the misfortune of experiencing three unexpected deaths in our immediate family in less than five months," Ms. Zolinski said. "Sunland lessened the burden extensively by exhibiting sincere compassion.

    "By the third death, Mr. Stuart Grimstad took control and handled the details without unnecessary physical, emotional or financial strain on my children or me," she added. "I cannot thank them enough."

    Ms. Long said the statue will likely be displayed in different departments within Sunland's office.

    Mr. Gromer said the department still remembers its former comrade.

    "It hit close to home when we lost Randy," Mr. Gromer said. "We think of him every day."


    The Surprise Fire Department last week presented Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, a small statue in appreciation for assistance the funeral home provided to the department the past two years. Pictured, left to right, are Jordan Perry, Renee Perry, Kendell Perry, Connie Zolinski, Sunland's Alexis Long and Dan Gromer and Sean Cahill of the Surprise Fire Department.
    Photo by Matt Loeschman/Independent Newspapers

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    Surprise firemen form pipe and drum corps

    Surprise firemen form pipe and drum corps


    David Madrid
    The Arizona Republic
    Apr. 28, 2004 12:00 AM


    The Surprise Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps was created in August after fellow Firefighter Randy Perry died of cancer. The Mesa Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps played at his funeral.

    "We thought if something happens to one of our members it would be nice to represent our own department," said Surprise Fire Capt. Dan Gromer,who plays the snare drum and has been drumming for 26 years.

    Other members of the Pipe and Drum Corps are Firefighter Brenden Espie, who plays the bass drum, and Fire Engineer Sean Cahill, Firefighter Randy Frassetto and Capt. Jay Jones, all of whom play the bagpipes.

    The Pipe and Drum Corps members volunteer their off-duty time to perform at city and statewide events, funerals and parades. While Surprise Vice Mayor Don Cox defrayed uniform costs by holding an auction at Arizona Traditions, members ante up plenty of their own money for instruments, music lessons and travel. Each spends about 12 hours a week practicing.

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