UNITY — Unity Volunteer Ambulance Co. dedicated an ambulance to late founding member Beverly Murdock at a March 18 ceremony at the station. About 25 to 30 people turned out to the event, many of them family members.

One of Unity Ambulance’s founding members Beverly Murdock. Courtesy of Wendy Esposito

Murdock helped found the department in 1967 after she moved to the area from Massachusetts, President Bruce Cook said. She was the organization’s treasurer from that time until 2012, and Cook worked with her for most of the 30 years he has been president of the department.

Murdock and her husband, George, moved to Unity in 1951, according to her obituary posted on Centralmaine.com. She worked in several different industries as a medical assistant, dental assistant and farmer and built airborne radar systems for MIT Radiation Laboratory during World War II. She published four children’s books in her later years.

Aside from her work with Unity Ambulance, Murdock taught Sunday School, sang in her church choir, was a member of the church finance committee and led a Girl Scout troop, her obituary says.

As a Unity Ambulance board member, she always shared her opinion and kept other board members grounded about department spending, Cook said. “She always straightened us up, kept us going straight,” he said.

Murdock and her husband invested some of the organization’s funds, which helped it buy the ambulance that was dedicated to her, Cook said. Though she died Jan. 28, 2021, her family asked that the department wait until spring of this year before dedicating the truck.

She was 94 when she died, leaving behind three children, eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, according to her obituary.

Cook said her guidance of the department will be missed. Her financial responsibility has inspired him to think more about being careful with department spending. “I mean, I kinda have her looking over my shoulder today,” he said.