On Wednesday, November 29th at 11:00AM at the Fitzwilliam Town Hall, a ceremony was held to recognize the three EMTs, three dispatchers, and one paramedic from the Fitzwilliam Fire Department, the Troy Fire Department, Southwestern NH Fire Mutual Aid, and Cheshire EMS; for their swift care and decision to have a Fitzwilliam resident airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester Massachusetts.
In attendance of the ceremony were members of the UMass Memorial Medical Center CT Surgery Team, members of the Fitzwilliam Select-Board, members of the Troy Select-Board, the Cheshire County Administrator, the honorees, family/friends of the honorees, as well as staff from the three EMS departments involved.
County Administrator Chris Coates stated, “Cheshire County is lucky to have these professionals working in our corner of the state. These dedicated healthcare and emergency communications staff from the Fitzwilliam Fire Department, Troy Fire Department, Southwestern NH Fire Mutual Aid, and Cheshire County EMS were all quick to act, and their decision making and care saved the life of a Fitzwilliam resident. The citizens of Fitzwilliam and Troy are fortunate to have the leadership of Chief Dubriske of the Fitzwilliam Fire Department, and Chief Huntoon of the Troy Fire Department. Their decision to move forward with addressing the dire need to develop an EMS program in their community, and the vote of both Select-Boards to allocate funding to establish this program was courageous. Without that, we would not be here today, we applaud you. Cheshire County and Cheshire EMS are honored to be a part of this vision; however we are called upon. We are deeply grateful to these seven emergency services professionals for their life-saving work.”