Photo: Peter Blasl

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. 


Photo: Peter Blasl
Photo: Peter Blasl

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