Bill Mead, EMS Provider of the Year
The recipient of the Foundation’s first EMS Provider of the Year Award was Bill Mead. Bill moved to the area in the fall of 1973 and the first thing he did was join the Franconia Fire Department. Fourteen years later he became chief of the Fire Department and served in that position for 13 years. While fire chief, he became active in the NH Association of Fire Chiefs and is one of the few from the North Country who have served a term as president of the association.
Never one to shy away from working in public safety, Bill has also served as a police officer and an emergency dispatcher. Although he enjoyed the challenges of being a firefighter, his particular interest was in saving lives. He worked with others to organize the Franconia Life Squad in 1973 and served as its first chief during the formative years of the EMS, as we now know it.
Bill has taught numerous EMT courses, EMT refreshers, CPR classes and other courses throughout the region and at regional EMS conferences. He has made a positive difference in many people’s lives and has been responsible for nurturing many who have been in the field of EMS.
Bill is a director of the Pemigewasset Search & Rescue Team, Cannon Mountain Ski Patrol director, the former chief of the Franconia Life Squad, and a great man who has contributed in many ways to the public’s safety, which has resulted in saving many lives.
Doug Moorhead, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
The recipient of the first Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award was Chief Doug Moorhead of the Woodstock Police.
Chief Moorhead has been a police officer for 28 years. In addition to his duties as Woodstock Police chief, he has been active in many community activities including his involvement as member and past president of the Lin-Wood Rotary club. Chief Moorhead organized a major event to benefit the Jose Pequeno family
at Loon Mountain, which was extremely successful. Although very active in both his career and civic responsibilities, Chief Moorhead has always been able to find
time for his family.
Jack Anderson, Firefighter of the Year
Chief Anderson was the recipient of the first North Country Public Safety Officer of the Year Award. Having served on the Bethlehem Fire Department for 38 years, he has moved up through the ranks and currently serves as chief. During his tenure as chief, he has modernized his department into one that is very well trained and well equipped.
Jack has been able to bring order and pride to an ambulance crew who had suffered through leadership issues, and to the group of Fire Chiefs from both Vermont and New Hampshire known as the Twin State Mutual Aid Fire Association, where he has demonstrated great leadership by serving as president for the past several years.
Chief Jack Anderson was one of the first to volunteer to coordinate a major fund-raising event for the Bring Jose Home Project. Jack has strong family values, great firefighting knowledge, and superb leadership skills.