Govenor Abercrombie and others remember Loretta FuddyUPDATED 7:09 PM HST Dec 12, 2013Video Transcript
duty. That is how Governor Neil Abercombie put it when he spoke of the loss of a woman who toiled to help improve the lives of others. For more on that we go now to KITV-4's Catherine Cruz. Those close to Loretta "Daliana" Fuddy gathered to comfort each other. It was a short simple meeting as her relative reached out to her work family to help ease their grief. She led with her heart and those who knew this remembered her goodness with sadness. Heartfelt hugs, the shock of their sudden loss showed on their faces. Fuddy's relatives reached out to comfort her work family. - Kimberlee Rene 28:30 -28: 38 -"She loved her job she loved the people she worked with. She loved the people she served." Fuddy's sister a police chaplain, and her brother-in- law a paramedic, both live on Molokai and they wanted to particularly thank the efforts of the emergency reponse community Something that was echoed by the governor. This was a deep personal loss for abercrombie who arrived from a washington DC trip at 4pm yesterday just as the details of the crash were unfolding. He has been able to speak to his deputy director Keith Yamamoto who is at home recovering from the ordeal. - GOV 48: 16-48: 37 "He is coming to grip with the realities of it and as the family mentioned their fight thought is of the other 8 folks who made it" BERT TAPE 29:16 - 29: -"We want to thank the workers of the department of health and all over the state who continue to serve thepoeple of Hawaii even as they grieve. Thank you for the time and your kind words in rememnbering our dear Auntie Loretta" Fuddy was praised for setting a high standard in her work. Her dedication and sacrifice to a cause to help others. The governor made note that Fuddy died in the line of duty at Kalaupapa in what had been a community of outcasts - GOV 31:30-31:40 -"Those most abandoned. Those most left out. Those most marginalized that's who she dedicated her life to. - GOV 34:08- 34:17 - "Our hearts are broken but we are going to carry on in the spirit of Loretta Fuddy. Imua Loretta" The family is working with the state to return Fuddy's body to Honolulu. Fuddy is also survived by a brother who lives in Kailua, and a sister who lives on the mainland. As you can imagine -- DOZENS of statements coming in from those who worked closely with Director Fuddy. Senator Brian Schatz said quote - "Loretta Fuddy was one of the finest, most capable, and most caring public servants I have ever known... Lorette was one of the very best." Senator Mazie Hirono issued a statement saying -- "Loretta was a dedicated public servant who spent most of her life working to improve public health on behalf of Hawaii's families... She touched so many lives and will be missed."