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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 276

House concurrent resolution recognizing the lifesaving efforts of William Woolsey

Offered by:  Representatives Wheeler of Derby and Lewis of Derby

Offered by:  Senators Illuzzi and Starr

Whereas, the bitterly cold winter day of January 28, 2008 proved eventful in the lives of William Woolsey of East Charleston and Carroll Silloway of East Charleston, and one they will long remember, and

Whereas, on this morning, Silloway took advantage of nearby Echo Lake’s solidly frozen surface and snowmobiled across it, and

Whereas, at approximately 11 a.m., as Silloway drove up a ramp in an attempt to leave the lake, his snowmobile tipped over and he was pinned on his back under the vehicle, and

Whereas, the force of the accident ripped away his jacket and shirt, exposing his bare skin to the frigidly cold frozen lake for a period that stretched on for five hours, and

Whereas, in the early afternoon, Woolsey was walking on Echo Lake and thought he heard a faint cry for help but was uncertain of the sound’s source or even its authenticity, and

Whereas, nonetheless Woolsey shouted out for the person to repeat the call for help, but there was no audible response in reply, and

Whereas, after being home for only a few minutes, Woolsey became extremely concerned and dashed back outside, shouting out “if someone needs help say something”, and

Whereas, this time Silloway called out for help loud enough to be heard, but even so, Woolsey later commented that had he stopped following the sound of Silloway’s voice two feet shorter, he would never have discovered the badly injured Silloway, who appeared to be drifting in and out of consciousness, and

Whereas, recognizing Silloway’s precarious situation, Woolsey decided he should not move the injured man on his own despite Silloway’s continued pleas for help, and

Whereas, Woolsey quickly returned home and gathered blankets and phoned the Charleston fire chief, who, along with his brother, proceeded by truck and foot to the scene of the accident and contacted the state police, and

Whereas, the firefighters and Woolsey, who had returned to the scene, removed Silloway from under the snowmobile and wrapped him in the blankets, and

Whereas, an ambulance soon arrived, and the injured man was taken first to North Country Hospital and then airlifted to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and

Whereas, despite the severity of his injuries, Carroll Silloway is recovering at home in East Charleston, and Bill Woolsey, although modestly wishing no recognition for his effort, clearly deserves a special commendation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the timely and effective lifesaving efforts of William Woolsey in his rescue of Carroll Silloway, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William Woolsey, Carroll Silloway, and the Charleston Fire Department.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont