Saturday Funeral Service for Marjory Brooks, Barton Ambulance Service Captain who Died in the Line of Duty Monday

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2003

Contact: Dan Manz
Emergency Medical Services Chief
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON, VT—Funeral services will be held Saturday for a longtime member of Vermont’s Emergency Medical Services community. Marjory Brooks, president/captain of Barton Ambulance Squad, Inc. died of injuries from a motor vehicle crash late Monday, Aug. 25 as she was en route to the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Barton.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Lake Region Union High School in Orleans. After the service, a ceremonial procession of EMS, police and fire vehicles, accompanied by bagpipes and uniformed emergency responders and dignitaries, will travel to the cemetery in Glover for burial. A reception back at the high school will follow the burial. Hundreds are expected to attend.

To honor the memory of Marjory Brooks, Governor Jim Douglas today ordered all Vermont flags lowered to half-mast for three days beginning Saturday, Aug. 30.

“There are difficult jobs in every choice of work, but emergency service workers accept the responsibility to be on the front line of dangerous situations everyday,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “They are our hometown protectors and caregivers in times of need. Often, as with Marge, they are tireless volunteers, whose only compensation is the deep satisfaction of helping their community. Marge will be missed dearly, but her legacy will live on in the selfless dedication of Vermont’s many EMS volunteers.”

“This is a great loss to the EMS family,” said Dan Manz, chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health. “Marge and her family are really part of the history of emergency medical services in Barton, the Northeast Kingdom, and Vermont as a whole. Marge has embodied the best of community-based emergency medical care. She touched thousands of lives as an EMT.”

Brooks became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1975, and has been recognized for her leadership over the past 28 years. In 1993, she was named by the Vermont Department of Health as Vermont Advanced Rescuer of the Year. Barton Ambulance Squad was recognized as the 2002 Vermont Ambulance Service of the Year.