ONEONTA – Joy Renee Bruen Gardner, 45, a decorated firefighter, passed away Aug. 18, 2019, at Fox Hospital, following a long battle with cancer.
Joy was born June 29, 1974, to Jana Cuda of Texas and Robert Bruen Sr. of Arkansas. She married Anthony Gardner of Oneonta on Dec. 12, 2012.
Previously, she was a volunteer firefighter for the Laurens Fire Department and Pindars Corners Fire Department. Most recently she became a volunteer for the Meridale Fire Department, where she earned the Distinguished Service Award. She also was a certified emergency medical technician.