Police said a domestic dispute led to gunshots and the death of the mother of four, who was passionate about helping others.
Those who knew her said Lisa Infante spent countless hours helping as an EMT at Echo Hose Ambulance.
On Monday night, her former colleagues did their best to console one another, but they said they still can't wrap their heads around the fact that a woman who helped so many others was taken so abruptly.
“Your heart sinks to your feet, nothing can describe that feeling until you've felt it,” said Echo Hose Ambulance Chief Michael Chaffee.
The emergency responders see people at their best and worst but have never had to deal with anything quite like this. The unspeakable violent death of one of their own.
“We're all hurting pretty bad,” Chaffee said. “Lisa was a big part of our family and there's a large hole in our heart right now.”
Hundreds of emergency responders gathered for a vigil in honor of Lisa Infante.
“She didn’t deserve this,” Chaffee said, adding that he had been friends with Lisa for more than a decade.
He said her kindness and compassion made her an excellent EMT, and mom.
“She was just fun to be around. She put you at ease. Had a great spirit to her,” he said. “She was very caring and loving.”
Police said Lisa and Thomas Infante were set to divorce after 27 years of marriage.
Lisa had three sons and a daughter. The youngest child is in elementary school.
The state is providing grief counselors for the volunteers here and neighboring ambulance companies will help cover this area while the EMTs who lived Lisa grieve.
Thomas Infante was held on a $500,000 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 29.
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