Fire police member fatally struck by fire truck in Town of Somerset

Niagara County

TOWN OF SOMERSET, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hartland Volunteer Fire Company Fire Police member Judy Spencer, 65, was killed during an incident in the Town of Somerset on Tuesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., first responders were at the scene of a field fire on Quaker Road. There, while acting as a spotter for a Barker Fire Company fire truck driver, Spencer was ran over by the truck. At the time, the truck was backing up southbound on the road.

Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti says based on what investigators have seen “so far,” he doesn’t believe charges will be filed. He says the incident is “a tragic, tragic accident,” adding “It’s certainly a tragedy when you lose one of your own when you’re out serving your community.”

You can watch the full press conference with fire officials and Sheriff Filicetti below:

Judy Spencer had been with Hartland VFC for over 20 years.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit are investigating.

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