Judy was a proud life member of Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., where she served with honor and distinction. She joined the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company on December 7, 1999, and faithfully served her community until her untimely death in a line-of-duty accident on August 24, 2021
Judy was best known for her direct demeanor and caring attitude. These qualities could be immediately recognized as soon as you met her. She was so committed to serving her community that it was a rarity for her to miss a fire company event or incident.
Judy was top responder for Hartland Volunteer Fire Company for several years and was honored with “Firefighter of the Year” in 2016. This was one of her proudest moments. Additionally, she was a member of the Gasport Chemical Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary for many years.
Judy was a graduate of Royhart Central School Class of 1975. After high school she joined the workforce and was employed at Harrison Radiator, working in the cafeteria. Judy had a love for animals, camping, doing crafts, and above all else her family and friends.
Judy’s family was especially proud of her service to her community. When she made the decision to join the fire service her husband, Steve, was an assistant chief, and her children, Lisa and Don, were both members. Steve was surprised to see Judy come to the December 1999 membership meeting, as she simply decided it was something she was going to do and didn’t discuss it with anyone.
Judy’s death was unexpected, and there was no time for goodbyes, but she died doing what she loved, serving her community. Judy’s family finds peace in this, as dedication was one of her strongest qualities. Judy is sorely missed by her family, friends, and fellow firefighters every day. But we all strive to be better people and public servants, because that is what she would have wanted us to be.