Lindsay O’Steen AEMT / HRS President

Lindsay and her four-legged kids

I moved to Hardwick in 2015 and found HRS that same year. My wife and I joined HRS as a way to give back to our new found community and meet some new people. HRS welcomed us with open arms and has become like family over the last 6 years. I have been a volunteer in EMS for over 17 years. I obtained my first EMS certification in college as an EMR. I Became an EMT in early 2013 after becoming a volunteer firefighter and rescue diver in Maryland. In 2020 I became an AEMT. I am a Vermont instructor coordinator (IC), CPR instructor and I am the current president of HRS.

I work as a Physical Therapist by day in Lyndonville, VT at Northern Physical Therapy an NVRH practice. I hold a doctorate in Physical Therapy as well as a Masters in Healthcare Administration. I am a proud parent to two wonderful dogs who I enjoy exploring the hills of Vermont with during all the seasons. If I am not working or volunteering with Hardwick Rescue you may find me on a Hardwick fire truck. I love to explore the amazing weather in this state paddling a lake, riding my bike, running the road, trails, or seeing what new adventure I can find.

It is an honor and a privilege to help lead this organization, but it is the members that make HRS so special. We come from numerous walks of life, with a myriad of interests. I hope you consider joining us on this adventure one day by driving an ambulance, becoming a provider or just supporting us in any way you see fit. 

Maya McCoy – Driver

I am a physical comedian and variety performer as well as an event producer but at heart I am a life-long learner and adventurer. My work and outdoor enthusiasm takes me to cities and out of the way places all over the world but it also connects me to the local community. I am a co-founder of Vermont Vaudeville, have produced many events in the region, and am on the board of directors for NEKarts at the Hardwick Town House. I grew up in Montgomery, VT and have lived in Greensboro since 2007.

As a new member of HRS, I have been welcomed into the fold of this supportive team and I have learned an incredible amount. The training is thorough and largely at my own pace, the time commitment is adjustable to my (often crazy) schedule, and being there to offer support at times of crises, especially for people I know, is an honor.

Harry Besett – Driver

After losing my brakes coming down Slapp Hill, rolling a manure truck three times, before coming to a stop near the railroad tracks, I helped lower HRS’s response time average that year. I reluctantly agreed to transport and will be forever grateful to the “guardian angels” who gave up their time to care for me.

Three months later my son Jonathan was born, and ten years later I mentioned to a squad member (thanks Richard!) that maybe I could help the depleted ranks of HRS after the National Guard call up post 9/11, and Patty called the next day. As a self employed glassblower/craftsmen doing shows around the country I figured if I could drive a van full of glass to shows in New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Washington being hassled by cops and unions and promoters while wondering if I would make enough to stay in business, maybe I have some skills that could be transferable to driving an ambulance. I have always tried not to break what is in the back of my van. I don’t worry about the weather, day or night, because I will drive back through anything to get back home. And, like in my business, with teamwork and good camaraderie, it is amazing what people are willing and able to do.

HRS is about teamwork and community service. Along with the sad and difficult parts comes a unique connection to the patients and the crew members. Helping someone in need and sometimes to survive is a powerful and shared experience but even the most routine calls are to help someone having a bad day. I thought I joined HRS to help our community. What I didn’t realize was I was also learning how our current health care system works and doesn’t work. I used that insight in ways that greatly assisted my parents in their final days in hospital and hospice by being able to speak the language of the providers and understand their pressures, too. And by providing pizza to the nurse’s break room, my loved ones were not just room numbers- they bought the pizza!

John Bellavance – Driver / HRS Vice-President

I am a fourth generation Hardwickian. I lived in Hardwick until 1998 and grew up in the village. Sally and I have three daughters, one son-in-law and one granddaughter. We moved back to Hardwick in 2010 and started Bellavance LP Services, Inc. when my father retired after 40 years in the propane business. I joined The Kiwanis Club of Hardwick and Hardwick Rescue Squad as a driver in 2012 as a way to give back to the community as did many of my family members before me. I previously served as Driver Trainer, Building Maintenance Committee and  new Ambulance Committee for our ambulance #2. I really enjoy working with a great group of volunteers as well as our area Fire Departments and Law Enforcement.

Emily Benning – Paramedic

Emily was born and raised in the NEK and spent most of her youth loose in the woods poking gross things with sticks. She left to get a science degree from Cornell University just in time for an economic recession, so she put that degree to use as a barista/landscaper/dishwasher to finance a decade-long rugby habit. Eventually she moved back to Vermont to attend (and then drop out of) art school while simultaneously running trail crews and digging holes for the Green Mountain Club in summer and performing a variety of odd jobs at Stowe Mountain Resort in winter. A coworker at the Resort finally persuaded Emily to get involved with EMS; given the lack of local rugby teams and the promise of getting to see other people’s gruesome injuries instead of acquiring them herself, this struck Emily as a generally positive option.

After obtaining her EMT certification, Emily was promptly hired by the National Park Service to work as a protection ranger at a ridiculously-remote park called Isle Royale in the middle of Lake Superior. After spending the season poking a LOT of gross things (without even needing a stick!) Emily realized she’d finally landed on a career path she enjoyed, and returned to Vermont once again to put her weird array of skills to use serving her native community. In keeping with her history of questionable career choices, Emily signed up for paramedic school just in time for a global pandemic. After spending a few hundred hours of field training stuffed into an N95 and giant plastic suit, Emily clawed her way to graduation. She is honored to be able to provide advanced-level emergency care to the creatively and unintentionally self-destructive residents of northern Vermont. 

Emily lives in North Wolcott with her manpanion Steven and “dented can dog”, Kooga. When she’s not in the back of the ambulance poking something gross, she’s probably in a canoe. 

Sandy Reeks AEMT / Secretary

My name’s Sandy Reeks and I’m an Advanced EMT with Hardwick Rescue. I’ve been an active member of HRS since 2007 and I’m currently the Secretary. I’m originally from the UK and have lived in Woodbury since 2002. I joined rescue because I wanted to give back to my community. When you are new to a town and don’t have kids in the school system, it can be hard to establish yourself – so I found the idea of volunteering with rescue a perfect solution for getting to know my neighbors better while learning life saving skills.

When I’m not volunteering on rescue, I’m working at my day job. I’m the Product Development Director for a software company in Stowe that specializes in systems for high end hotels and resorts. In my spare time, I enjoy dabbling in wildlife photography and playing guitar in a local band called the Woodbury Broad Band. I’m also the loving Mum to two gorgeous cats and a fanatical, life-long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Tyler Molleur AEMT / Board Member

Tyler Molleur is a healthcare educator at the University of Vermont, and works as a registered nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Copley Hospital. A resident of Milton, Tyler completed a master’s degree program in 2019 in nursing education and enjoys teaching both new and experienced healthcare professionals.
Tyler frequently spends many weekends returning to the Hardwick area, where he grew up, to serve as squad’s training officer, infection control consultant, and cover EMS shifts as an advanced EMT. He has been a member of Hardwick Rescue since 2011.
Tyler recalls as a teenager having a strong desire to be a first responder while living in the rural town of Stannard; interested in how more immediate care could be provided farther away from an available ambulance. He completed a first responder course while in high school at Craftsbury Academy, and later an EMT and advanced EMT course at the University of Vermont while completing his undergraduate degree in nursing.
“The chance to volunteer with Hardwick Rescue showed how much I could balance the excitement of science with the joy of providing compassionate care and educational support to my colleagues.”
When not wearing one of many hats in the healthcare field, he enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, and writing stories for the Hardwick Gazette.

Karen Field EMT / HRS Treasurer

My name is Karen Field. When I completed my contract in the US Coast Guard I took time off to raise and enjoy my family. I joined the healthcare field ten years ago and ended up back in school to be a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). I have been a CMA for six years working primarily in pediatrics and family medicine. I started volunteering with Hardwick Rescue in 2018 and took on the role as Treasure this year. 

Andrew Casavant EMT / Driver / Board Member

Hello, my name is Andrew Casavant and I am a member of Hardwick Rescue Squad. I have been a firefighter in Greensboro since 2007 and many times worked alongside members of Hardwick Rescue. After working calls with them, I gained an interest in doing more to help people within the community. I joined Hardwick Rescue in 2013 as a driver. After working as a driver for about 3 years I wanted to do more to help the patients in need, and learn more about practicing medicine. Hardwick Rescue hosted an EMT class where I studied with my colleagues to become a National Registry EMT.

I have had many roles in the squad since then. I am a member of the Board of Directors, an active EMT, a driver, I’ve been on the ambulance replacement committee twice, and formerly held a position as the driver coordinator. There are a variety of roles within the squad. My late grandfather was a founding member of Hardwick Rescue Squad, and many of my family continue to serve on the squad. The membership itself is a small family, gathered together to help the surrounding communities.