Laura L. Madara died in the line of duty on April 9, 2021, while serving as a volunteer fire police officer for the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company in Delaware.
Laura was born on September 25, 1964, and grew up in the small town of Selbyville. As a child, she developed a love of nature and animals that would shape her future career. During her school years she took a particular interest in the local 4-H club, where she excelled as a member. After high school she went on to pursue a career in law enforcement, with an aim to work for Delaware State Parks. She graduated from the University of Delaware and went on to complete training at the Delaware State Police Academy. She realized her dream of working for the state park system, first as a park ranger and later as assistant superintendent at two park locations.
Laura was always dedicated to her work and gave much of her time to projects outside of the state parks, such as CPR training, safety programs, and Delaware State Fair culinary judging. She was also a member of the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, then later a member at Selbyville.
After many years serving for the State Park Service, Laura retired and moved back downstate to her hometown of Selbyville. Laura stayed busy even in retirement. She loved tailgating and going camping to NASCAR events. She loved her Jimmy Buffet concerts and enjoyed surf fishing, kayaking, and bicycling. She loved doing crafts and sewing and getting together with friends and family and cooking.
Laura joined the Selbyville Fire Company and completed training to become a fire police officer alongside her dad, Ken Madara, who has been a Selbyville fire police officer for many years. She has always been a very civic minded person, wanting to make her hometown all that it can be. She always had a knack for motivating people to accomplish greater things. She served as president of the Selbyville Ladies Auxiliary until the time of her passing. She was always quick to volunteer her time while still devoting time to family and friends.
Laura will be missed by many. She impacted many lives along the way and lived a life to be proud of. She leaves behind her mother, father, sister, and her beloved dog, Angus. She will always remain in our hearts and memories. Rest in peace, Laura. We love you.