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N.Y. fire police officer fatally struck by rescue truck ID’d

Hartland Volunteer Fire Company Firefighter Judy Spencer was killed while acting as the spotter for a fire vehicle backing up at a fire scene

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Duty Death: Judy Spencer - [Gasport]

End of Service: 24/08/2021

Update on 8/25 @ 3:09 p.m.

By Rachel Engel

GASPORT, N.Y. — A fire police officer was killed while working the scene of a fire.

Firefighter Judy Spencer was killed when a Barker Fire Department rescue truck struck her while backing up, the U.S. Fire Administration reported.

Spencer had served in the fire service for 20 years.

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Original reporting

By Rachel Engel

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — A member of Hartland Volunteer Fire Company was killed while working the scene of a fire, FireFighterCloseCalls.com reported.

A fire police officer was killed after a Barker Fire Department rescue truck she was spotting backed into her, WGRZ reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is a developing story.


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identifed the deceased as Merle Snell, a member of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company who died earlier this week.

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