NYSDOT makes Safyre Terry an honorary member during visit

FULTONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – For Safyre Terry, riding a trailer has always been a dream and thanks to the Department of Transportation that dream came true on Tuesday.

The survivor of an unimaginable tragedy, Safyre is now an 8-year-old girl with a big heart and a big imagination.

On Tuesday, she was the guest of honor at the Fultonville DOT.

“She likes the toys DOT has, so we made sure she has some of her own today too,” Gary Holmes, DOT Communications Director, said.

Holmes says he was contacted by State Police, of whom Safyre has developed a friendship with, about coming in for a visit.

Holmes and his team jumped at the opportunity.

“It gives us hope. I think the men and women here at the residency for DOT were looking forward to this day as much as Safyre was.”

Safyre posed for pictures and rode in a truck and a trailer.


“Who doesn’t want to ride in a plow truck?” John Jasewics, Highway Maintenance Worker, said.

And then comes the best part. She was made an honorary member.

“It was special because we had a great visitor and anybody who demonstrates as much courage and character as Safyre does on a daily basis we’re happy to have her on our team,” Holmes said.

In the end, it wasn’t just a special day for the 8-year-old who continues to defy the odds. The crew also enjoyed an experience they will never forget.


“It was very heartfelt and heart-warming to see the smile,” John Jasewics said.

“We know she left with a smile on her face and I know we’ll do the same,” Holmes said.

Safyre might look up to drivers of trucks, but they’re the ones who say she’s inspiring them.

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