Former Riverhead highway superintendent Charles Bloss was laid to rest today.
Bloss died Dec. 15 at age 78. (Obituary)
A Riverhead Fire Department funeral cortege brought the coffin of its the 57-year member, ex-captain and former fire district commissioner to Riverhead Cemetery for a graveside service and burial. The procession made its way past fire department headquarters on Roanoke Avenue, where a large American flag hung from the extended ladders of two trucks. Bloss’ jacket, boots and helmet were set on a display outside the firehouse, where firefighters in dress uniform stood in salute.
Bloss entered the fire service in 1961. He served as captain of the Washington Engine Company in 1973-1974 and was district commissioner from 1999 to 2008. He was named Firefighter of the Year in 1977.
He served 16 years as Riverhead highway superintendent, from 1984 to 1999.
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