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Lowes, EMS recognized for lifesaving measures

By Christine Simmonds | Oct 15, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds From left, Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock, Thomaston Town Manager Kara George and Lowes Manager Frank Mottram at the Select Board meeting Oct. 14.

Thomaston — Thomaston recognized Lowes employees, Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Thomaston Fire and Emergency Medical Services for taking lifesaving measures after a Lowes’ associate collapsed due to a heart issue.

Lowes Manager Frank Mottram said the employee collapsed during work. Other employees called 911, began administering CPR and used the Artificial External Defibrillator on the premises until Thomaston and Rockland Fire and EMS arrived.

Mottram said the associate is currently in stable condition.

Town Manager Kara George read a statement thanking the three groups and awarded plaques to Mottram and Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock at the Select Board meeting Oct. 14.

“We commend Lowes for having the AED… available in their store to save people with sudden cardiac arrest and for having employees fully trained to administer the AED system,” George said.

George thanked Rockland Fire and EMS for their continued support of Thomaston. “Rockland always demonstrates quick responses times to assist on calls,” she said.

George thanked Thomaston Fire and EMS for their continued dedication and commitment to the town. “Over the past year, these employees have demonstrated outstanding performance and growth,” she said.

In other business, Recreation Director Rene Door discussed replacing the boiler in the Thomaston Municipal Building. Door said the boiler is no longer functioning, and the town must replace it.

Door said currently employees in the municipal building are using space heaters.

Door recommended replacing the boiler with a double boiler system, which would run in concession. The two boilers would take turns heating the building, then if one breaks down, the second is available until a replacement is purchased or repairs can be made.

The board authorized Door to begin researching the purchase of a new boiler.

Allie Payor was confirmed as the new deputy clerk and deputy tax collector.

The board authorized town board and committee updates to be added as a regular future agenda item to ensure proper communication between the committees and the Select Board.

Board member Bill Hahn suggested the Select Board should give the updates, as most committees have at least one member.

In the town manager report, George spoke about new voting booths that arrived for the November election. She said these booths will be more sanitary than the previous ones.

George commended Town Clerk Melissa Stevens for doing “a wonderful job” with the crematorium recount.

George informed the board that the town received 690 absentee ballot requests so far.

Board member Sandy Moore thanked Mottram and Thomaston Lowes for the donation of ten picnic tables for recreational use in the town.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee workshop was rescheduled to Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.

The next Select Board meeting will be Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Thomaston Municipal Building. Those who wish to attend can do so in person or on Zoom.

Thomaston Emergency Medical Services are recognized at the Thomaston Select Board meeting on Oct. 14 to service to the community. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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