Marti Talbot, EMS Provider of the Year
Marti began her EMS career in the late sixties earning her Life Saving and Water Safety Instructor’s certificates while in High School. In 1987 she enrolled in an EMT course and began her career with the Amherst Rescue Squad. As an active member she became involved in the training and recertifi cation of others. She served as Amherst’s Deputy Ambulance Chief from 1992 until 1994 when she moved to North Woodstock. Her first order of business, after unpacking, was to join the LinWood Ambulance where she has served as an active member. In 2001, Marti again wanted to improve her ability to serve others and enrolled in a Paramedic program. She completed her training and became a Nationally Registered Paramedic in 2002. Marti is very involved in the Lincoln-Woodstock Community, serving on the Friends of the Lincoln Library, the Board of the Lincoln-Woodstock Recreation Program, and the Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary Club. Marti’s entire life has been dedicated to helping others. Many EMS providers can read the books, pass the tests and have good hands to do the skills. Marti has demonstrated all of that, but adds something much more valuable … compassion.
Bob Therrien, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Bob began his career in law enforcement on March 27, 1975 when he was hired as a full time police offi cer in a Vermont community. In October of 1981 he transferred to the Lebanon Police Department. He retired after 21 years of service and having earned the rank of Sergeant. He continues to serve as a part time police officer to this day. Bob was a cornerstone of the department’s Police Cadet Program which trains young high school kids the many aspects of law enforcement. He was also Commander of the New Hampshire Police Cadet Academy where he brought his unique blend of “drill sergeant” and “caring mentor” to hundreds and hundreds of cadets from throughout the state from 1983 through 2004. He has been decorated by the Lebanon Police Department for saving a life three times; specifi cally being recognized for his efforts to save a man who was shot and bleeding at his residence, while the shooter was still inside. He is from that generation of public servants’ where serving one’s community is an honor and a privilege. Where his work partners are an integral part of his family and he has strived for many years to foster that feeling of family by taking days off from work each year to open his home and cook Thanksgiving dinner. Inviting all those from the PD who are working to stop by during their shift for a proper meal of home cooked turkey and stuffing.Through these selfless gestures, he has personalized the Lebanon Police Department, bringing everyone together, making it a much closer knit organization than might be expected for a PD of their size.
Chief Roger Odell, Firefighter of the Year
Roger Odell has been in the fi re service for over 42 years. As a young adult he served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War; receiving a Purple Heart for having been injured by shrapnel. After being discharged from the military he moved to the North Country and began a 32 year career working for the State of NH; making sure that the visitors to Cannon Mountain were always safe and having a pleasant visit. Through the years he rose through the ranks within his department; serving twice as Fire Chief. He served on the original Twin State Fire Mutual Aid Coordinating Committee and remains an active member. He also served as President of the Association. Aside from his work, throughout the years he could be found coaching his children in softball and hockey or just watching them compete on local sports teams. Now he watches his grandchildren play sports. He was instrumental in helping establish and continues to be involved in the Fred Whitcomb Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his co-worker and good friend. Roger continues to be an active member of the Franconia Fire Department and currently serves as Assistant Chief. His ability to work with both old and new members of the department speaks of his patience and willingness to share his knowledge. This trait has made Roger a favorite with the younger firefighters.
Peter Crane, President’s Award
The President’s Award is not given every year. It is reserved to recognize a very special individual who has contributed positively to the region that we serve and who embodies the spirit of the Foundation. The recipient of the fourth President’s Award is Peter Crane, who is well known to many and has earned the respect of his peers. Peter has been involved with countless mountain rescue missions and is responsible in many different ways for safe and successful rescue missions in the White Mountains over a very long period. One notable rescue involved “counseling” young AMC huts men over the radio who were dealing with a man who perished from hypothermia. The huts men had to separate the son from his father in order to save the son. Peter, although not a native of New Hampshire, has lived in the White Mountains for over thirty years. Peter has worked for the US Forest Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Mount Washington Observatory. Peter is soft spoken, measured in his speech and extremely kind. He is very intelligent, having obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard and a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid year-round hiker, he is also a volunteer trail maintainer for the Appalachian Mountain Club, a member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR), and serves on the board and is President of the New Hampshire Outdoor Council.