Ramsey firefighter, 54, dies at home

A 54-year-old Ramsey firefighter died unexpectedly March 14.

Roger Peterson
Roger Peterson

A family member found Roger Peterson dead in his home.

Peterson had been part of the fire department for nearly 10 years, said Fire Chief Dean Kapler.

“He was a quiet and private person,” he said.

Peterson was very well liked and got along with everyone, said Fire Marshal Matt Kohner.

Peterson was active in the community early on with Night to Unite, fire department open houses and his family held the neighborhood’s Night to Unite block party, he said.

“He was a stand up guy,” said fellow Firefighter Tim Suchy, who knew Peterson for eight years.

Peterson enjoyed his work as a sheet metal worker, but he really wanted to be electrician. Being color-blind, that was something he was not able to do, according to Suchy. “It (his death) is such a shock. The kids meant a lot and he loved to work,” Suchy said.

Peterson is going to be missed at the station, he said.

Peterson loved being involved with his family, Suchy said.

The Ramsey Fire Department honor guard was present at Peterson’s March 20 funeral.

Peterson is survived by his wife, Terri; children, Rachel, Bailey, Andrew and Eric; sister, Linda (Jim) Zubersky; brothers, Norman “Butch” (Cheryl) and Marc; and other relatives, co-workers and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer and Velma.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]