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2018-04-25 / Obituaries

Randy C. Rider, Sheridan Park fire chief


Firefighters line up for Randy Rider’s memorial service on Saturday at Hoover Elementary School. 
Photo by Sarah McIlhatten Firefighters line up for Randy Rider’s memorial service on Saturday at Hoover Elementary School. Photo by Sarah McIlhatten Randy C. Rider, 41, of Tonawanda, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Mr. Rider was born on Nov. 11, 1976, in Tonawanda and was the son of Randall and Maureen Rider. He was also the stepson of Kristine Rider. He graduated from Kenmore West High School and spent a short time at Erie Community College.

Mr. Rider was a longtime employee of the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, where he was a motor equipment operator. He had worked as an Erie County fire instructor since 2007. At the time of his death, he was serving as chief of the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company and had been the first assistant chief.

“Because of his dedication, because of his love for the fire service … thousands of fire- fighters are better off today, safer today and better prepared today because of the efforts of Chief Randy Rider,” said Daniel Neaverth Jr., the Erie County commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.


Rider Rider Along with his brother Brett, Mr. Rider was a fourth-generation member of the Sheridan Park company, following their father, grandfather and great-grandfather into the department.

Mr. Rider had just concluded a term as president of the Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization. In that role, he created a new President’s Award for Excellence in Training.

In addition to his parents, and brother, Mr. Rider is survived by his wife, Melissa; four children, Cheyanne, Colton, Christian and Mackenzie; and one other sibling, Robert. A memorial countywide fire service took place on April 21 at Herbert Hoover Middle School.

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