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Friends remember Loretta Fuddy following the news of her passingUPDATED 12:47 AM HST Dec 12, 2013Video Transcript
worked with Director Fuddy... as well as those she helped. KITV4's Brenton Awa continues our team coverage live in the newsroom. Brenton... Yunji -- people who knew her say she was just a genuine person -- always caring for everyone else -- and they're heartbroken that she's gone. 1732 - 1744 "MY HEART IS SICK BECAUSE LORETTA FUDDY WAS TRULY DEVOTED TO HER JOB AND HER JOB AS DIRECTOR OF HEALTH WAS TO MAKE SURE ALL THE REST OF US WAS HEALTHY." Josh Green worked with Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy for three years. He says she was passionate about her job -- and passionate about the people of Hawaii. 1707 - 1718 "SHE WAS ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND YOU COULD TELL SHE WAS ON THE JOB I GUESS, EITHER COMING FROM HOME OR GOING OFF TO WORK ON MAUI OR MOLOKAI AND THAT'S WHEN THIS TRAGEDY OCCURRED." Those who she helped echoed those feelings. 3:09:20 - 3:09:24 - PHONER "WE LOST A GOOD GOOD GOOD LADY." BUTT TO 3:09:29 - 3:09:41 "WE JUST HAD A MEETING, I CAN TALK TO HER YOU KNOW, SHE NO GIVES US THE RUN AROUND OR WHAT, SHE'S A GOOD LADY, WE GONNA MISS HER." Green says he and a colleague learned of Fuddy's death late today... They reflected on the time they knew her. 1622 - 1636 "WHEN SHE CAME IN TO THE JOB, ABSOLUTELY 100-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE SUPPORTED HER TESTIMONY, THERE WERE TEARS OF JOY THAT SHE HAD RISEN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DIRECTORSHIP, AND SHE WAS PROUD AND SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN, SHE DID NOT JUST A GREAT JOB IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BUT HER WHOLE CAREER." While saddened by loss -- green says he's proud of Loretta Fuddy. And says she left a legacy for thousands of people to see. 1803 - 1813 "IT'S SO APPROPRIATE THAT JUST YESTERDAY THE STORIES BROKE THAT HAWAII WAS NUMBER ONE IN HEALTH AGAIN FOR THE COUNTRY AND I THINK DIRECTOR FUDDY DESERVES THE CREDIT FOR THAT." BUTT TO 1833 - 1842 "MAYBE SOME OF THE LAST THINGS THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO THINK ABOUT WAS THAT WE MADE IT BACK TO THE TOP. THAT OUR STATE WAS NUMBER ONE FOR HEALTH AND SHE WAS OUR LEADER ON THAT." Green says Loretta Fuddy was very popular among her co- workers. He says he's sure the Governor and his cabinet members will be taking the time to mourn the loss.