Debra was born January 8‚ 1969‚ in Biddeford‚ Maine. She graduated from Kennebunk High School‚ Class of 1986. She attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham and later earned her associate’s degree in equestrian animal science. Debra had a great love of animals‚ especially horses. She had three of her own and enjoyed riding as often as she could.
Debra began her career as a firefighter for Goodwins Mills Fire Department in 1997. She quickly decided she wanted to do more to help people‚ so she decided to become an EMT. After a while she decided to become a paramedic also. In 2001‚ she received the Richard Mere EMT of the Year Award for her service and dedication to the department. In 2003 and 2004‚ she received a chief’s citation award and was also promoted to captain within the department.
In 2002‚ Debra also went to work full-time for the city of South Portland as a firefighter/paramedic. During her time in this department‚ she received numerous awards and certificates. She worked in the risk watch program‚ where she would go into schools and teach the children about fire/EMS safety. She was also an assistant instructor in several EMT classes. At both departments she qualified to become a hazardous materials technician. She was trained in high angle rescue and large animal rescue‚ the latter of which allowed her to continue using her education as a licensed veterinary technician‚ specializing in and caring for horses.
In her spare time‚ Deb also worked for Arundel and had worked for Buxton and Westbrook Departments. When off duty. Deb enjoyed NASCAR racing and camping with family and friends.
Debra passed away at the age of 40‚ shortly after returning from a call in South Portland‚ from a stroke. She left behind two daughters‚ Samantha‚ age 16‚ and Amanda‚ age 21. We didn’t know at the time that she was about to become a grandmother of a beautiful little girl that was named Abigail Debra-Marie. She also left behind both parents and her brother‚ Mike. Debra had many‚ many friends‚ and she is missed by all!
We love you‚ Debbie!