Elizabeth “Liz” Shannon retired from the Nantucket Fire Department in 2020 after 26 years of service as a fire chief and emergency medical technician (EMT). She carries fond memories of her profession and personal connections to the island community where she raised two daughters, served a variety of community organizations, and embraced a lifelong passion for fishing.
After being diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2019, Liz was forced to choose between her career and her health period. She accepted the challenge to leave a profession she loved, and pursue a healthy, toxin-free lifestyle in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. She strives to reduce the symptoms of her incurable disease using as few traditional medicines as possible and embraces her new lifestyle with gratitude and acceptance.
Liz hopes to guide others to discover the rewards of service and pursue this goal by teaching EMT and CPR courses. As someone who loves multi-generational connections, she is also a substitute primary educator and serves as a lake host for the NH Lake Association. Liz volunteers with Casting for Recovery and Harris Conservation Center. She is passionate about spending time in nature, especially fishing, hiking, and gardening. In addition, she loves yoga, cooking, book clubs, and traveling. Her “happy place” is having her morning cup of coffee overlooking her garden while watching the birds singing, tending to her little flock of chickens, and taking her big yellow lab Luna for a slow walk. Add a visit from one or both of her daughters who live in CO and RI, and you’ll have a perfect day! Throw some time on the river with trout on the fly, and it’s its version of heaven.