Eastside Fire & Rescue honors former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

January 15, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue on Thursday honored former Issaquah Councilwoman Maureen McCarry, a leader responsible for shaping the agency as a board member.

McCarry served as a representative on the eight-member board on and off since 2006. The former Harborview Medical Center executive offered financial and legal acumen as the 12-year-old agency expanded.

McCarry resigned from the City Council late last month as she fights amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

(The council is in the initial stage of the effort to appoint a successor to McCarry.)

EFR Board Chairman Ron Pedee presented a plaque to McCarry as other board members offered heartfelt thanks for her service.

McCarry served on the board as EFR expanded to include numerous cities and fire protection districts. In 2008, the then-councilwoman participated in rewriting the agency’s inter-local agreement, or governing document.

Josie Williams, EFR public information and education officer, praised McCarry as a strong advocate for fire prevention and public safety education.

“I can recall receiving an email from her one afternoon after I sent out a press release on the Safe Steps Fall Prevention Program,” Williams said. “She thanked me for the implementation of a program that was meant to help the senior citizens of Issaquah live more independently and help them reduce the chances of a fall in their home.”

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