June E. Worden

JUNE E. WORDEN                                    CLASS OF 1981

June E. Worden graduated from Canastota High School in 1981. Following graduation, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. June received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, the highest non-combat decoration awarded to members of the Navy & Marine Corps. Upon her honorable discharge, she went on to serve with the New York State Police for twenty-one years, retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant in charge of the State Police Academy. She currently holds the position of Captain with the Cayuga Nation Police Department.

Over the years June has served as a board member for Special Olympics New York and as the Statewide Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. On three occasions she was selected as a member of the Final Leg Team consisting of 120 officers and 10 Special Olympic Athletes from around the world. Her Final Leg Teams carried the Flame of Hope for the World Games through Idaho, Austria, and the United Arab Emirates. June also served as Vice President of Serenity for Women and was instrumental in the construction of two tiny homes for deserving homeless female veterans. She was actively involved as the Area Director and President of the local Women Marines Association Chapter NY-5 and holds lifetime memberships of the Canastota Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 600 and the Women Marines Association.

June is the recipient of the Trooper William V. McDonagh Community Service Award (2011), the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Award (2017) and the Red Cross Military Real Heroes Award in 2018. She remains active with fundraising efforts for Special Olympics and continues to Co-chair the annual CNY Polar Plunge.

June is the daughter of the late John & Marie Worden. She and her wife Karen reside in Camillus, New York.