NO. R-9.  Senate concurrent resolution commending those persons who assisted at the scene and in the aftermath of the Corner Medical building fire.


Offered by:  Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, and Representatives Hudson of Lyndon and Crawford of Burke.


     Whereas, the Corner Medical building in Lyndon was constructed in 1872 and was originally the community’s elementary school, and

     Whereas, for the last decade, Corner Medical has served as a vital outpatient health care facility, becoming affiliated with the Dartmouth‑Hitchcock Medical Center in 1995, and

     Whereas, shortly before noon on Tuesday, November 19, 2002, smoke suddenly appeared in the building’s cupola, and

     Whereas, Dr. John Elliott, a cofounder of Corner Medical, rushed to the fire’s source with the intent of quickly dousing the incipient blaze, but discovered shooting flames, and

     Whereas, Corner Medical office manager Paula Gaskin efficiently managed the building’s complete evacuation in under seven minutes, after which Dr. Elliott bravely returned to save historic photos and a school desk, and

     Whereas, Lyndonville Fire Chief Greg Hopkins and his crew quickly responded after the fire tone was sounded, as did Lyndon Rescue and fire companies from St. Johnsbury, Sheffield-Wheelock, Sutton, and East Burke while the West Burke fire crews covered, in part, for their busily engaged colleagues, and Waterford and Lisbon, New Hampshire crews stood by to assist, and

     Whereas, despite the building’s complete destruction, miraculously neither staff nor patients of Corner Medical nor any public safety personnel were injured, and

     Whereas, a second miracle occurred when after the fire’s flames had wrought their devastation, fire crews were able to retrieve, intact, health care records and medical equipment, and

     Whereas, the destruction of the former Lyndon Corner Graded School building brought memories to Representative Cola Hudson who, as an employee of the Lyndon school system, had worked in the building, and

     Whereas, the administration of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury has graciously agreed to temporarily house their marooned Lyndon colleagues while they search for an interim location, and

     Whereas, Dr. Lloyd “Tim” Thompson, also a cofounder of Corner Medical and president of the Vermont Medical Society, is committed to Corner Medical’s continuing service to the residents of Lyndon, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly commends the many individuals, including the medical staff of Corner Medical, the responding fire and rescue companies, and the administration of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital who so valiantly assisted both at the scene and in the aftermath of the Corner Medical fire, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Corner Medical staff, to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and to each of the named fire and rescue departments.