Ex-EMS Captain Judy Hellmann passed away on March 15, 2023, after a courageous battle with Covid. She was 75.
She served in the Coram Fire Department since 1978 starting as an EMT and then EMT-CC, Firefighter in Engine Company 3, Coram Fire Department Antique Association member, Department Vice President, President, Assistant Department Treasurer, Department Treasurer, E-3 Treasurer and Benevolents Recording Secretary.
Judy coordinated the department’s annual fund drive and various fundraisers with her amazing administrative skills. Judy was a Practical Work Instructor and later an Instructor Coordinator for Suffolk County EMS (independent contractor) from 1980 to 1990 as well as a Senior Evaluator. Judy also was an AHA BCLS Instructor for the Mather CTC for many years, teaching BCLS courses along with her husband, Mike, at the Coram Fire Department.
Judy also served as Assistant Treasurer for the Eastern Long Island Antique Fire Apparatus Association and was a charter member of that organization. She was a member of the NYS Fire EMS Safety Officers Association and was a nationally certified Incident Safety Officer. She loved the fire service and its members and mentored many of the new members to the point that many members lovingly called her “Mom.” She even introduced a few members to their future spouses.
She is survived by her husband Mike, son Jason, daughter-in-law Osana, and granddaughter Scarlett as well as nephews. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her.
– Fire News photos by Jim Dunn, story by Ex-EMS Captain Michael P. Hellmann