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

Duty Death: Judy Spencer - [Gasport, New York]

End of Service: 08/24/2021


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. 


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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