New walk-in COVID vaccine site opens in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — A new COVID-19 vaccination clinic has opened in Middlebury. The site at 55 Middle Road — in the big green building behind the One Dollar Market — saw more than 200 people come in and get COVID vaccine boosters on Monday, according to Kate Rothwell, the director of Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services, which is running the site. The news clinic offers free Moderna booster shots, in addition to Pfizer boosters, which were the first third-dose injection approved by federal health authori … (read more)

Built for community service, MREMS is 50 years strong

MIDDLEBURY — Seeing the large Middlebury Regional EMS building with the four-bay garage standing proudly at 55 Collins Drive gives thousands of Addison County residents a sense of comfort and security. They know that in any medical emergency help is mere … (read more)

EMTs experience: Ambulance squad is neighbors helping neighbors

Dick Forman got involved with the nascent Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association in 1971. He recalled that he was looking for a way to give back, “which most of us wanted to do in those days.” He was, and still is, a Middlebury College employee. The i … (read more)

Gallipo sees challenge and service in heavy rescue job

Kirk Gallipo is an EMT and captain of MREMS’ heavy rescue service. He began volunteering with the organization in 2002 as an Otter Valley Union High School senior, and ultimately earned his EMT certification through the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center … (read more)

Impact of the ambulance squad is felt in community for years

Roth “T” Tall, who has been with the Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Service since the start, remembers the challenges and the triumphs of starting an ambulance service.  “We were constantly training,” Tall recalled of the early years of what was th … (read more)

MREMS seeks big jump in town money

MIDDLEBURY — Residents in 10 Addison County communities will be asked next month to dramatically increase their financial support of Middlebury Regional EMS, or MREMS, in order to keep that nonprofit healthy and responsive to around-the-clock emergency ca … (read more)

Middlebury EMTs grant dying patient final wish

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 … (read more)

Kate Rothwell to guide MREMS

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 … (read more)

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