HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Friends and family members remember a volunteer firefighter who died in a crash Christmas morning as "small but mighty."
The 21-year-old's parents tell The Press of Atlantic City the 5-foot-2 Dempsey took life as it came and never moved too fast -- except when it came to helping others.
Dempsey grew up in New Jersey but moved to Texas at age 10 and was living in Hutto, near Austin.
A Hutto ISD spokesperson released a statement in regard's to Dempsey's death saying:
Hippo Nation is very saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own. Part of our mission in Hutto ISD is to inspire excellence in character and community. Natalie lost her life while exhibiting those characteristics. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this very difficult time.
Dempsey moved back with her parents 18 months ago and helped them run a restaurant in Galloway Township until it closed.
She gave most of her paycheck from her next job to her parents to help out, her father said.
Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com