REXFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company is mourning the tragic loss of Ladies Auxiliary member Michele Heffern, who died after a hit-and-run crash in Clifton Park Thursday afternoon. The driver who allegedly struck Heffern and drove away from the scene has been charged.

In a Facebook post early Friday morning, the fire company said, “heaven has gained another angel…her light will continue to shine and warm the hearts of her family and all those that knew her now and into the future.”

“I was devastated. We all are,” said Jennine Heleman, the president of the Vischer Ferry Ladies Auxiliary.

Heleman said Heffern was an auxiliary member for the department for nearly a decade, proudly serving her community, “I mean just a few days ago she reached out to me, is there anything I can bring to our upcoming picnic, do you need me for the meetings? Come early? That’s just the type of person she was. Above and beyond the call of duty.”

On top of her dedication to the department, the president of the auxiliary says she was a tremendous person and a great friend to everyone, “She was always there if you needed her. That’s the type of person she was, you don’t get that in many people anymore.”

Outside of the auxiliary, Heffern was involved with animal organizations and volunteered for the Mechanicville chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds beds for local children who need them.

“We will honor her the best way I know how, is through her compassion for the less fortunate and for animals,” Heleman said.

Tragically, her life was cut short Thursday afternoon. Heffern was struck and killed by a pickup truck on Vischer Ferry Road near Ray Road. She was 54.

“I’m just shattered and shocked. I’m going to miss her terribly,” Heleman said.

77-year-old Lawrence Dippold allegedly left the scene after striking Heffern. He’s been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury incident resulting in death, a class D felony. He was arraigned and released for pre-trial services.