Bill Arnold, EMS Provider of the Year
Bill has enjoyed working in the mountains of New Hampshire for most of his life and lives in Randolph, New Hampshire. He was a caretaker of the mountain hut at age 16 and has worked for AMC and the U.S. Forest Service. He has fought forest fires all over the country for nearly 40 years. He has been active with the Randolph Mountain Club for most of his life and continues to be involved.
Bill was one of the first responders to the Cog Railroad crash when he was just 21. He has been involved with hundreds of search and rescue missions in his beloved White Mountains; a derailment, 5 plane crashes in the mountains and countless requests for assistance which continue to this day 48 years later.
Bill has been an EMT since 1982 and is a certified firefighter. He was a founding member of the Randolph Life Squad in 1993 and he continues to serve on the Life Squad. He was a founding member of the Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue Team and remains active.
To this day, 50 years since being hired as a hut caretaker, Bill continues to answer emergency calls for service and helps those in need in his local community and in the mountains and valleys of the northern presidential range.
Yet with all of his accomplishments and experiences he has had, he is a quiet and humble man who lists his greatest accomplishments as being a husband, father and grandfather.
Gary Mack, Firefighter of the Year
Gary has been a police officer, EMT and firefighter for most of his life in Plymouth and Holderness, NH. He was one of the first EMT’s in New Hampshire and was a firefighter when riding on the rear “beaver tail” was commonplace. Gary first rode in an ambulance that was a Cadillac, and Homeland Security was known as Civil Defense.
Gary has had many titles over the years, including Deputy Fire Chief. When his son was asked to name the most important thing taught by his father, he stated “Respect,” at to “treat others as you would like to be treated.”
Gary was described by his Chief as a true gentleman, who always could be depended upon and who had a strong passion for helping others. Gary exemplifies those unsung heroes who daily address the needs of others, who watch out for the safety of friends and neighbors and those in distress. He is one who responds to the emergencies of others, never expecting praise or recognition whose sacrifices are great, yet whose actions are so quiet, so private and so humble that we rarely hear about them.
Leo “Chuck” Jellison, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Chuck has been in law enforcement for over 40 years and remains active as a police officer in the Town of Carroll. He was a State Trooper for years and was the commander of Troop F for 10 years. During his tenure as Troop Commander he was at nearly every critical emergency and provided a needed command presence. When Commander Jellison was on the scene there was never any question who was in charge.
Chuck was a well-respected supervisor and would never ask someone to do something that he wouldn’t do. If the situation was too dangerous, then he would do it himself. Chuck was also community and family oriented. He served his community in many ways, including coaching sports and serving on the volunteer fire department. His family meant the world to him.
Chuck’s career started in 1972 with the NH state Police, where he served on the State SWAT team, Ordinance Disposal Unit, and was a detective in Major Crime. He received New Hampshire’s highest law enforcement award, the Medal of Valor, and honorable mention for a national award presented by Parade Magazine.
Chuck’s accomplishments are too long to list, but suffice it to say that the North Country is a much better place to live because of Chuck Jellison.
John Barthelmes, President’s Award
John Barthelmes serves the state as Commissioner of Safety and lives with his wife in Hopkinton, NH; however, he is no stranger to the North Country. John was appointed a State Trooper and was assigned to Troop F, which serves the North Country. John spent much of his time as a trooper in Coos County and met his wife Jadine who was from Colebrook.
John served with the State police from 1976 to 1999. His career included being a Sergeant with the Major Crimes Unit, Lieutenant in charge of the Major Crimes Unit, Captain in charge at Investigative Services Bureau, and finally Colonel in charge of the State Police. From 1999 to 2007 he served as Deputy Director and then Director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs which provides resource to federal, state and local law enforcement to address the drug threat specific to New England. In 2007, he was appointed Commissioner of Safety.
John brought the concept of “Customer Service” to the Department of Safety. He demonstrated a strong understanding of how State Government needs to be efficient and listen to their “customers.” He is held with the highest respect by all that he works with or comes into contact with. His clear thought process has made positive changes to the fields of law enforcement, fire safety and EMS.
His understanding of the needs of the North Country resulted in the development of the Burton Fire & EMS Training Facility being developed.
John and his wife are avid hikers and enjoy the opportunity to come north and hike in the White Mountains. He has made a positive difference in the lives of all that live in New Hampshire, but particularly those that call the North Country home.