Andrew Armstrong, 86, of New Milford, died June 4 at New Milford Hospital. He was the widower of Claudia Armstrong.

He was an active civic participant and contributed to many groups and associations in New Milford. He was active with the Masonic hall, the police commission, the Republican Town Committee and the Rotary Club, and he was a notary public.

He served in the United States Navy in World War II.

He joined the New Milford Ambulance Corps when he returned home from World War II in 1946. At the time, it was the only emergency response team in the area, and there was no local police department. As New Milford's need for services grew, he helped create the New Milford Police Department, and served on the police commission for 10 years.

In 1975, he was elected president of the New Milford Community Ambulance Corps, a position he held until 2011. For more than 60 years he made many contributions to the ambulance corps, including recruiting volunteers, encouraging first aid training offered by the American Red Cross, and improving emergency services. Beyond his administrative role, he also served as a volunteer, going on ambulance runs from 1946 to 2000.

He dedicated his life to increasing the safety of his community, and was known to personify the mission of the American Red Cross: helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

His 54 years of volunteer service formed memories and friendships that have spanned the decades.

He came from a family with a history of service to the community. His father was a volunteer fireman, and as a young man, he responded to fire calls with him.

Over the years, his service was recognized by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, among others. In 2010, he was awarded the Western Connecticut Spirit of the Red Cross Award for his enduring and profoundly significant contributions to his community and to Connecticut.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda, and her husband, George; and Patty, and her husband, Curt; his sons, Stark, and his wife, Lisa; Craig, and his wife, Jennifer; and Keith; his granddaughter, Kacie, and her husband, Jeremy; grandson, Erick; three granddaughters, Caitlin, Jaclyn and Mandy; grandsons, Joshua, Robert, and James. He also loved his neighbors, Jane and Russell.

Memorials may be made to the New Milford Community Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 102, New Milford CT 06776.

Burial will be private.

Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of the arrangements