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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010


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more revenue for the town, but he didn’t believe Chester or Auburn would pay it. Councilor Neil Wetherbee said the total Auburn Fire department budget is $346,412 and the Chester Fire Depart- ment budget was $236,645, which Hemeon agreed sound- ed right. Wetherbee said these figures show that the towns could not afford to contribute much more for ambulance services, as what they are already paying is a high portion of their bud- gets.

Coyle nevertheless said

these towns’ costs per per- son were much cheaper. He also recalled that when the town had an East Derry Fire District, the residents in East Derry were paying much more for ambulance service. Councilor David Milz,

who was the last fire com- missioner of East Derry, said he believed East Derry resi- dents paid similar amounts to what is being paid by Chester and Auburn, but East Derry residents also thought they were paying for equipment with their taxes. Regardless of the differ-

ence in memory, Coyle said Auburn and Chester should be paying the same per per- son amount as Derry resi- dents. He said he appreciates that the contract brings in revenue but thinks that giv- ing the same service to Auburn and Chester for a cheaper rate than Derry is inappropriate.

Hemeon had previously noted that not once during the year was there a situation when an ambulance could not respond to a medical issue in Derry because it was in Auburn or Chester. Councilor Janet Fair-


Catherine Slowe

Catherine E. Slowe, 62, of Salem

died unexpectedly on April 9, 2010 at her home. Mrs. Slowe was born in Boston,

Mass., on Sept. 29, 1947, a daughter of the late Ralph and Florence Dunbar. She was originally from East

Boston. Mrs. Slowe enjoyed caring for veterans and the

elderly in the nursing profession throughout Greater Boston.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Thomas J. Slowe Jr. of Salem; a son, Thomas M. Slowe and his wife, Maria, of Salem; two daughters, Sharon Slowe of Derry and Kimberley Robinson and her husband, Wayne, of Derry; six grandchildren, Jonathan Slowe, Tyler Robinson, Kailee Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Bridget Slowe and Adrianna Robinson; her dog, Kelly; a brother, Ralph Dunbar of Maine; and sisters Virginia Gleason and her husband, Herbert, of Revere, Mass., and Florence Tognarelli of Charlestown, Mass. She was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Secola. Visiting hours were April 13 in the Peabody

Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Derry. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu- tions may be made to the ASPCA c/o Linda Tiramani, 520 Eighth Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or to the Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc., To send a condolence or for more informa- tion, visit

banks said as part of the new contract, Derry would be responsible for equipment. She asked how much a new ambulance cost, and Hem- eon’s response was about $175,000, with what is usu- ally an eight-year life span. Fairbanks also noted that the contract provides for in- service education for the Chester and Auburn volun- teer fire departments. She asked how much time and who was involved with this instruction. Hemeon said the in-service education is for 24 hours and would be con- ducted over a weekend. He

would be the only instructor and would not be paid over- time. He said providing such instruction could increase patient care in those towns. Wetherbee said the

$200,000 in revenue from the contract makes it a win- win.

Coyle disagreed. He said that for ambulance and fire services, it cost Derry resi- dents $277.70 per person, while it cost Chester resi- dents $47.20 per person for the same ambulance service. Chair Brad Benson

asked Hemeon to verify that if the town did not renew the

contracts, the staffing of the fire department would not be reduced. Hemeon said that was correct, but Coyle said any reductions were the decision of the council. “It’s not a matter of gen-

erating revenue for the town,” Fairbanks said. “I think we’re selling our fire department short, and I think we could get more revenue.” Hemeon quoted Chester Fire Chief Richard Antoine from an article in the Tri- Town Times, sister paper of the Nutfield News, who said he had looked into hiring a private company and one

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was willing to staff an ambulance directly in Chester for a cheaper cost, but he still preferred to use Derry services. Wetherbee again said he thought the contract was a win-win and he would like to see more contracts like this. Coyle said the contract was definitely a win for the surrounding communities but not for Derry. The council voted 5-2,

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