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Age: 64
Year of Death: 2022

Terry Lee Cassidy

Terry Lee Cassidy responded to his last fire call on the evening of Monday, May 23, 2022. After a hard-fought battle that was representative of his tenacious spirit, Terry left his earthly home to be reunited with his parents and sister at 10:41 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Terry led a life full of service and devotion to others. In May of 2022, Terry suffered a heart attack on duty while performing CPR on a heart attack victim. Despite the onset of his own symptoms, Terry continued to treat the patient and disregarded himself and his own needs, a trait he exemplified throughout the entirety of his service-driven life.

A resident of Noble County, Indiana, Terry was born on September 9, 1957, to Raymond and Violet June Cassidy. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, he served as a full-time firefighter in his beloved town of Cromwell, joining the department at the age of 16. He fulfilled this role for many years before entering the military and then becoming a loving and devoted father of four—three sons and a daughter.

Proud of his commitment to Sparta Township Fire Department, Terry re-joined his firehouse family once again decades later, at 63½-years-old, just eight months prior to responding to the fateful call that ultimately became his final act of service. It was abundantly clear that Terry deeply valued his friendships in the Cromwell community, and he has been considerably missed by loved ones both on the department and around the close-knit, small town.

In addition to collecting firefighter memorabilia, Terry was an avid golfer and NASCAR fan. He was fond of plowing snow, fishing, and rooting for Notre Dame, but his most enjoyable activity was cheering for his children, and eventually grandchildren, in all their academic and athletic pursuits. He was cherished as a father, brother, grandfather, and uncle, and he will be forever missed by his children, Michael (Mindy), Austin (Tera), Jeremy, and Hollie (Caleb).

His legacy lives on through the cherished memories held dear by his children and 17 grandchildren.

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  1. Uncle Terry, you are missed by many…