- Senior Engine Supervisor
- Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
- Age: 45
- Year of Death: 2002
Joan Spear‚ 45‚ senior engine supervisor‚ Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation‚ died March 18‚ 2002‚ after she collapsed while training for a required annual pack test. She served with the department for 12 years and had full-time firefighting duties from March to November. During the winter‚ she worked part-time for the department providing basic firefighter training to volunteers around the state and working on forest improvement projects. Spear grew up on a ranch in Montana and continued to run cattle on her own ranch. She was the first full-body organ donor in her county.
She was very pleasant‚ had a mischievous sense of humor‚ and was a very capable fire person.