My father is a deputy fire chief, and I’ve been around the fire department all my life. I think it’s a great way to give back to the community.
Sue grew up in Spotsylvania, VA, and fire is in her blood. At least fire fighting is. Her dad is a deputy fire chief, and she met her husband Jason, who is an assistant fire chief. Sue volunteers between 20-60 hours each week depending upon the situation at the fire department. She and Jason, who is an automotive repair manager, will break away from their fire department duties long enough to enjoy the cruise.
Sue does it all for the Spotsylvania Fire Department. She is responsible for the training records for 111 active members, and she makes sure everybody gets their required training in full and on time. She manages the fire department's website and works with the website manager to keep it updated with stories and pictures of local events. And pictures bring us to Sue's other skill. She is the fire department photographer and can often be found onsite at a conflagration recording the event in real time and taking photos of the local heroes in action. "I'm part photographer, part historian," says Sue, "and I love to keep a record of the great work the fire department does for the county." While her position is unpaid, Sue has taken on this responsibility as if it were a full-time job since 2007.
Always ready to pitch in when needed, Sue assumed duties as the leader for her sister's girl scout troop eight years ago. The prior leader had to leave, and the troop was about to be disbanded before Sue stepped in. "I was in the girl scouts growing up," says Sue, "and I wanted my sister to enjoy the same experience." Sue works fund drives, meets with the troop regularly, and goes places with them. The troop recently took a trip to New York City, and they have twice visited the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. Over the past two years, Sue has helped her troop earn bronze and silver awards for community service. This included holding food drives during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and working with social services to adopt a needy family and purchase gifts for Christmas. They have done this for the past several years.