DANSVILLE — I didn’t know Kathleen “Kathy” Harter, but I see the impact she left behind on the community she fought to protect.
Social media was flooded with farewells and profile pictures changed to a black shield that read, “Dansville Fire Department Ambulance, Kathy Harter, 7/25/59-7/8/18, End of Watch, Rest Easy Sister, We Have It From Here.” Inside the shield was a red line with a red heart and white angel wings.
It is said that no matter what was needed you could always count on Kathy to be there.
Kathy had recently posted how proud she was to serve 10 years on the Dansville Ambulance. On July 8 she passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital. She left behind a legacy that will be long remembered.
Kathy spent her whole life dedicating herself to the community she called home. She was a Class of 1977 Mustang, member of the White Sabers Marching Band, and spent 36 years of her life being a Habilitation Specialist at Finger Lakes DDSO.
Wayland and Springwater EMT Eric Williams said that although he didn’t know her personally, she was a member of the EMS family.
“I did not know her at all, but she was very loved amongst many people. It’s just sad,” he said. “Any member of police, fire, EMS are all family. And we do stick together. When we lose someone that gave their time to make a difference and help save lives, it just gives a type of sadness.”
Kathy was a volunteer who gave often of her time and knowledge to assist others who needed help. Kathy has a family whom she loved deeply. She helped run fire department training. She would stand out in the freezing cold and the heat to give people help.
Many have called Kathy a mother, since she was never afraid to tell any of her fellow heroes if they were doing something wrong or if she was proud of them.
Kathy leaves behind her greatest legacy of all … her son, Dylan MacIntyre.
Rest easy sister … we have it from here.
Friends may call 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Chamberlin – Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Four Square Church, 49 West Ave., Dansville. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Wayland.
Dansville Ambulance and Dansville Fire Department could not be reached for comment at this time.