ART DOTY WAS diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2018. This past June, en route to Helen Porter where he was to receive hospice care, Middlebury first responders took him on a "scenic route" to experience his beloved Lake Champlain one last time.
MIDDLEBURY — Art Doty knew his time was almost up.
Cancer was spreading through his 83-year-old body.
He was confined to a bed at the University of Vermont Medical Center, a tantalizing two miles from his beloved Lake Champlain, where he’d spent countless hours fishing and sailing.
Those two miles might as well have been 100, Doty thought, given his lack of mobility.
The Brandon resident yearned to see Lake Champlain one last time during a scheduled ambulance trip from UVM Medical Center to Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing in Middlebury, where he would draw his final...
MIDDLEBURY REGIONAL EMS Director Teena Betourney, left, has turned over the organization’s administrative reins to former Deputy Director Kate Rothwell. Rothwell, a paramedic, will serve as interim leader as the MREMS board searches for a permanent director.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) board has once again looked within the organization’s ranks for new leadership. The board has picked Deputy Director Kate Rothwell to guide the county’s largest ambulance service during the search for a new executive director.
Rothwell, also a paramedic and MREMS’s lead trainer, is taking the reins from Teena Betourney, who recently decided to pare back her duties as she contemplates retirement. Betourney will serve as the organization’s office manager and has pledged to assist in the leadership transition.
The nonprofit MREMS has 51 full- and...