Graber recognized for service to city of Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- City Council approved an honorary resolution March 5 to recognize Virginia A. Graber for her work with the city. Graber retired Feb. 1.

Graber began her employment with the city in October 1994 as a school crossing guard with the Police Department.

She served as a volunteer firefighter beginning January 1995.

In March 1997 Graber began work as the fire safety educator with the fire department. The position was reclassified as fire inspector in January 1999.

Graber coordinated the annual Safety Town Program for more than 6,000 children from 1997 through 2013.

Graber's son, Scott, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 13, 2013.

Fire Chief Jerry Varnes accepted the resolution on her behalf and relayed her thanks for her career in the city of Hudson.

"She felt it was a passion more than a career for herself," Varnes said. "She appreciates all the support she's had over the years, especially for Safety Town agenda. Her passion for educating the children about fire safety was what she was meant to do. She appreciates the support and opportunity."

Council President Hal DeSaussure thanked Graber for 19 years of service to the

community of Hudson.

"Graber has been and will continue to be an institution in this town and her service with the fire department and particularly with the children is something remarkable in this community," DeSaussure said. "Her service will continue in some capacity going forward."

Varnes said a part-time employee is filling the position, but the city has not decided on a replacement.

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