Johnstown firefighter gets her shot at big money on ‘Millionaire’

Johnstown firefighter Mary Ann Mowrey wanted to be a millionaire and got her chance this fall.

Johnstown firefighter Mary Ann Mowrey wanted to be a millionaire and got her chance this fall.

She will appear on the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” program Tuesday and Wednesday but couldn’t tell how, exactly, she made out during the taping at a New York City TV studio.

“I just went down there with the idea I’m just going to have some fun and win some money. That was my goal, and I accomplished it,” she said.

Mowrey said she enjoys game shows such as “Millionaire” and “Jeopardy!” although she said she would never try to compete on the latter show.

“No way, I’m not ‘Jeopardy’ material,” she said with a laugh.

“This is different. You’re all by yourself and you answer some questions and know when to stop,” Mowrey said.

This was Mowrey’s second shot at appearing on the “Millionaire” show. The first time producers called she had a conflict with a scheduled vacation trip to England.

When producers called again this fall they gave her only a day’s notice, but Mowrey was determined to make the trip to New York.

“It was really a thrill to be called again,” she said.

Working on a couple of hours’ sleep, she got a haircut and hit the studio.

She said the staff and the host of the show, Meredith Vieira, were very helpful and very courteous.

“The whole experience was wonderful,” Mowrey, 47 and the city’s first and only female firefighter, said.

A 1978 graduate of Johnstown High School, she’s the daughter of the late Walt and Marie Mowrey. She’s been a firefighter for 15 years and also operates a 20-acre raspberry farm on Route 29.

Johnstown Fire Department Capt. Gary McCoy said colleagues have taken note that there’s a TV star in their midst.

“It is pretty cool. Just having a local person on there, it’s pretty neat,” he said.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” airs at 2 p.m. weekdays in the Capital Region on WNYT, Channel 13.

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