Mark Taylor, EMS Honoree of the Year
The 2013 EMS Honoree actually began his career in Public Safety as a police officer somewhere around 1980. The Honoree became a part-time officer with a seacoast police department at the age of 18, shortly after graduating from high school. When the Honoree had “maxed out” his part time hours he enrolled in the New Hampshire Police Academy and was certified a Full Time Police Officer. Around 1990, the Honoree moved to northern New Hampshire where he became a full time police officer where he was soon promoted to Staff Sergeant, and completed his career serving his last 12 months as “acting chief”.
In 1994 the Honoree became a Nationally Registered EMT. He has continued to maintain that certification and is active today. The Honoree has since specialized in Water, Ice and Swift Water Rescue as both a provider and instructor. “Off the field”, the Honoree has given countless hours of his own time making sure the supplies were restocked, the truck inspections were complete, the oxygen bottles were filled, the expiring expendable supplies were updated, the truck had fuel, and so on to assure that the next call could be addressed with the utmost level of professionalism whether the honoree was there or not. He was always there to do the nasty, dull boring work that others didn’t or wouldn’t do. He never hesitated, if available, to cover a shift for others who may have “called out”. The Honoree has faithfully served both the Lisbon and Franconia Life Squads for nearly 20 years.
Mark truly represents those unsung heroes in life who address the needs of others, watch out for the safety of friends and neighbors, those in distress and address the emergencies of others and … for little or no money, never expecting praise or recognition, whose sacrifices are great, but whose actions are so quiet, so private and so honestly humble we rarely hear about them.
Sheriff Doug Dutile, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Sheriff Doug Dutile is a seasoned police officer with thirty-five years of Law Enforcement experience and a larger than life presence. He has the proven track record of experience, knowledge, leadership, reliability honesty and compassion which the pubic he serves has come to expect. Starting out his career as a patrolman on the street, he then worked his way up the ranks being assigned to the detective unit and working on several high profile cases. He was transferred to a larger department rising through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant, gaining the necessary experience which allowed him to become top of the pyramid.
Sheriff Dutile is still a working police officer. He is a graduate of the 66th NH Police Academy and has an extensive background in public safety communications.With his leadership in 2009 his department became the only one of its kind in New Hampshire to be accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and one of only two in the Northeast to receive this important recognition. He is currently a member of the NH Chiefs of Police Association, and the New Hampshire Sheriff’s Association. He is the current secretary and past president of the Cohase Lions Club, member of many community organizations to include the Masonic Lodge # 50, his local Elks Lodge, Sons of the American Legion, and he is a member of his local snowmobile, ATV and Fish and Game clubs.
Fire Chief Ronald Sheltry 2013 Firefighter of the Year
This year’s firefighter of the year has a broad aptitude for the various skills of firefighting, a strong dedication to community and an honest desire to make things better, whatever the circumstances. Add to that a healthy dose of humility and you get the type of leader who doesn’t politic or campaign for promotion, but is pulled up through the ranks because he is capable and likable. Simply put, he has risen to be chief of not one, but two North Country fire departments. Whether serving as Incident Commander, staging officer, or pump operator at some remote water supply location, this chief understands the roles that need to be filled and is willing to do what is needed without a lot of fanfare.
One of the first initiatives of our recipient upon becoming the chief of his current department three years ago was to encourage and lead his members in becoming trained in EMS, and expand the service from just fire suppression to fire/rescue. His firefighters became certified as First Responders and EMTs, he directed them to respond to medical emergencies in town to assist the contracted ambulance service that covers their area. The positive effect of this expansion was two-fold: first, the response time for qualified primary emergency care dropped dramatically, (i.e. now the firefighter who lives next door can not only help with your chimney fire, but she can assist with your chest pains as well.) Secondly, the members of his department were jacked-up simply because they were given a greater opportunity to respond. The results are measurable: in 2012 this chief’s department responded to 130 calls combined, every single one of them on the first tone.