In Loving Memory
Brigitte Elaine Heller
8/13/1960 - 6/28/2012

Boonsboro, MD - Brigitte Elaine Heller, 51, of Boonsboro, MD passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Baltimore, MD from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Born, August 13, 1960 in Hagerstown, MD.

She was a 1978 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

She was employed as the Washington County Division of Emergency Services EMS Coordinator for 6 years.  Prior to that she was employed as the EMS Management Specialist for Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association from the early 1990’s until moving over to the Division of Emergency Services.  She was also the MIEMSS Region II Advisory Council, president. She was a dedicated volunteer for more than 30 years in Washington County with several departments including charter member and past chief of Boonsboro EMS, Boonsboro Fire Department, and Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway.  Education was very important to Brigitte.  She was a Maryland Fire Rescue Institute instructor as well as being the coordinator for the advanced life support training academy for Washington County. 

Brigitte was a member of Manor Church of the Brethren. 

Survivors Include:

Mother: Harriett “Penny” Mongan of Hagerstown, MD

Daughter: Brittany L. Heller of Boonsboro, MD

Son: Terry L. Doyle of Boonsboro, MD

Granddaughter: Lillian P. Doyle of Boonsboro, MD who was the pride and joy of her life

Sister: Crystal L. Krocker of Hagerstown, MD

Brother: Rocky L. Berger of Hagerstown, MD

Brother: Manny Berger of Leitersburg, MD

Stepbrother: Jay Mongan of Greencastle, PA

Stepbrother: John Mongan of Hagerstown, MD

Stepbrother: Bobby Mongan of Hagerstown, MD

Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Robert E. Berger and her stepfather Robert T. Mongan.

A celebration of life will be held at the Hagerstown Community College ARCC on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm with Chaplain Bob Fraley officiating.  

There will be no viewing.

Brigitte was special to many people.  She will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of her family, extended family, fire and EMS family as a caring, kind, selfless, strong women.

Memorial donations may be made to:   Brigitte Heller Scholarship Fund & Brittany Heller Educational Fund c/o The Columbia Bank 17803 Virginia Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Online condolences may be made to the family at:

Online Condolences
From: Don Bolyard   HAGERSTOWN MD
Relationship:  Friend

I want to express my deepest sympathies on the loss of Brigitte. She was a wonderful, caring and dedicated person. She will be greatly missed and the void will never be filled. Take care and God bless!
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Tina & Lynn Reedy & families   Hagerstown Maryland
Relationship:  friend of family

Our hearts and prayers will be with you during this time of the loss of your loved one. May your precious memories live on forever. As her heart was always there to help others. Now we will be here for you. Brigitte RIP and know that your family will be taken care of. You will be surely be missed in the community.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: margaret ann robinson   williamsport maryland
Relationship:  friend

brigette was a remarkable lady will be miss by so many people terry,brittany you both are in my prayers.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Tina Grimm   Sharpsburg Maryland
Relationship:  EMS Family

Terry and Brittany, I had the honor of having your mom teach my EMT refresher course this month. I will cherish the memories we enjoyed during our class. I'm sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find comfort through God as you go through this difficult time in your lives. Your mom was a great person. She loved her family both blood and ems. Cherish the memories you had with her and remember she suffers no more. God needed another angel in heaven so he decided it was time for her to come home. You know she was loved by many from the outpour of prayers, calls etc during the past 2 weeks. She is gone but she will never be forgotten. If you need anything please don't hesitate to let me know. Tina
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Jerry Keplinger and Family   Hagerstown Md
Relationship:  EMS FAMILY

Brigitte rest in peace and to her family she was a good friend, instructor and mentor to many EMS responders.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Gary M. Schlotterbeck   San Francisco California
Relationship:  Former member of HFD &CRS

Although I never met Brigitte, I know of her work. For the family and friends of Brigitte, take solace in knowing that I, and many other First Responders around the World believes that God has set aside a very special place in Heaven for First Responders and their families. Brigitte will join all who have gone on before us. Go Rest High On That Mountain, Your Work Here On Earth Is Done!
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: tisha palmer   hagerstown md
Relationship:  EMS/firefighter

God be with your family and extended families EMS and Fire at the loss of such an AMAZING WOMAN. She has brought so much to all of us. She is now in Heaven with GOD and other brother and sisters we have lost over the years he has a purpose for her. She will be watching from above over us all. R.I.P. Bridgett.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Robert M. Henderson, Jr EMTP   Baltimore Maryland
Relationship:  EMS Colleague

On behalf of the Community College of Baltimore County Emergency Medical Technology Program faculty and staff we send our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and coworkers of Brigitte. She represented the very best of our profession. Her passion for all things EMS will be missed.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Kathy & Ed Brady & Family   Hagerstown Maryland
Relationship:  Friend/EMS Family

To Terry & Brittany, We are so sorry for your lost, Brigitte was a wonderful, kind, friend and mentor. And I had a chance to take the EMT Refresher Class with your Mom, and it was a nice, fun class. I know your Mom is proud of both of you, her and I would talk while others went to lunch about family, health, etc. Brigitte will missed, and no one can fill those shoes. We are here for you. Love Kathy & Ed and family.
Sent:  6/29/2012
From: Peomroy Family   Thurmont MD
Relationship:  Friend

Our deepest symphanies go out to Brittany (Chip) and her family during your time of lost. While we only meet your mother briefly during softball games we could tell she was a very caring and loving person. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless and RIP to Brigitte.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Jennifer Laspe   Hagerstown MD
Relationship:  Wash. Cnty Medical Staff

God bless you for all the years of dedicated service you provided to the community. You truly made a difference in so many lives and will continue to do so. Prayers and continued thoughts to all of you loved ones, friends,coworkers and to all the lives you touched.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: SHEILA (SHAPIRO) COOK   Sharpsburg MD
Relationship:  High School Friend, Neighbor

Although I have not seen Bridgette in many years, I feel a loss. I guess that is the impresion she left on everyone's life. I lost my sister less then a year ago so I know that void you are feeling. Just look up to Heaven and know she is looking back at you. Time helps some of the pain but never the good times you had. I am so sorry. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and her fire & EMT family.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Sheri Leggett   Sharpsburg Md
Relationship:  Friend

R.I.P God bless u always, Thank u fer all ur support and the lov u have... u will b missed dearly... it was a pleasure knowin u and talkin wit u.... lov u always..... My heart and prayers goes out 2 ur family and friends.....
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Tom, Lisha and Josh Bikle   Boonsboro Maryland
Relationship:  Former EMS colleagues

With sincere sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Cathy Tyler   Hagerstown Md
Relationship:  friend

RIP my friend you will be saddly missed. Your deication and love towards the EMS sport and doing what you loved will never be replaced. I had the honor to serve under you some 15 years ago. You laugh and sprint will live on on the darken highways you once ran on and will look down upon. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends at this most difficult time. Your passing shows us still lives are changed by seconds. RIP my friend.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Jim, Leslie & Jamie Cochran   Boonsboro Maryland
Relationship:  Friends

With sincere sympathy we are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with Brigitte's family.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Barbara Ann Smith   Falling Waters West Virginia
Relationship:  friend and past co-worker

I find it hard to believe Brigitte is gone from earth. I worked with her at Electromet Corp. for a few years. We had a bunches of fun. I never dreamed she’d be gone before me. Its so sad, but God has his reasons. I guess he needed Brigitte, and we can’t question his reason. She lives on in her children. She’ll be missed by many. God please help her family get threw this very sad time.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Joye Atkinson   Bowling Green KY
Relationship:  concerned Christian

I pray this poem God gave me will comfort you. MESSAGE FROM BRIGITTE - I know your hearts are heavy and you miss having me there, but I'm with God in heaven where no one has a care. I just shook hands with Moses I met Mary & Martha too. Now I am enjoying a body that's brand new. It really was amazing when I walked through the gate, I saw the beauty of this place and I could hardly wait. To come into the presence of the Father and the Son; hearing him say to me the priceless words WELL DONE! Jesus took me by the hand & said I'm so glad you're here. Come sit beside me for a while & let me hold you near. Then he took me down the streets and running to meet me were precious friends & loved ones I had longed to see. People I didn't know walked up to me & said, because you gave of yourself God saw that I was fed. I'm having a great time up here no one is sad and blue. My dear precious family I'm watching over you. Soon we will be together never more to part. Until then just remember I'm as close as your heart.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Katie Yeakle and Jeremy Ross   Hagerstown MD
Relationship:  Friend

Brigitte you will be missed by all your EMS family and firends. I remember when you taught my EMT class some 3 years ago almost you went through the slids fast. And this past April when you helped with the fund drive you was a good person. Now you are able to watch us from above and help us make the decisions we need to make.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Lloyd Gearhart   Hagerstown Md.
Relationship:  uncle willie and friend

Will miss your mom so much,and if i can be of any help in the future i'm only an email away. told your mother that i could never forget her and i won't she was one of the few really good girls out there.
Sent:  6/30/2012
From: Kim Williams   williamsport md
Relationship:  Ragan Shaw's aunt

Brittany, i talked to your mom when i went to several of my nieces HCC softball games. She was a very nice person and i am so sorry you are being put the this loss at such a very young age. My prayers are with you and your family.
Sent:  7/1/2012
From: Leona Rowe   Baltimore MD
Relationship:  friend

I have enjoyed working with Brigitte over 10 years. I knew her as a warm and joyful person - always fun to work with, and with a great passion and dedication to emergency medical services. All of us at MIEMSS will miss her very much.
Sent:  7/1/2012
From: Donna Long   Hagerstown MD
Relationship:  Colleague

My heartfelt sympathies to all in her family. It is absolutely amazing to see just how many lives have been touched by one woman. To have done that in her lifetime is truly remarkable... Stay Gold Brigitte ♥
Sent:  7/3/2012
From: Alice Cox   Hagerstown Md
Relationship:  Friend

May many Memories of Brigitte Bring you Peace and Comfort During this Very Difficult Time.May the love she had for the family remain in your hearts now and forever!so sorry for your loss...
Sent:  7/3/2012

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