By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — It’s been an eventful few years for Middlebury’s Bill Edson, to say the least.
During the spring of 2006, Edson was a U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class, who, as a part of Task Force Saber, was treating injured soldiers in and around the war-torn city of Ramadi, Iraq.
He returned as a decorated veteran and — after a brief stint at Fletcher Allen Health Care — transitioned into a less intense vocation of selling medical supplies.
But Edson last month returned to the front lines of health care, this time as supervisor of operations for the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA).
“It was really appealing to find a position I was suited for right here at home,” Edson said during an interview last week.
He replaces Scott Supernaw, who recently left to become top administrator for the Brandon Area Rescue Squad.
In the MVAA, Edson takes over a nonprofit organization based off Elm Street that counts around 60 staff and volunteers and a fleet of four ambulances, a heavy rescue truck and a mass casualty trailer. The 30-year-old organization responds to approximately 1,800 service calls per year in Middlebury, East Middlebury, Bridport, Shoreham, Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury, Cornwall, Weybridge, Whiting and New Haven.
While Edson’s main duties involve coordinating MVAA activities and tending to administrative chores, he also plans to become involved in ambulance runs. He is seeking recertification for emergency responder qualifications needed to respond to calls.
Like most people affiliated with the MVAA, he knows he will not be working a regular 9-to-5 job. Calls can come in at any time of the day or night for a service that must be provided 24/7.