First responders unite to help Farmington EMT with cancer
By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent | July 07. 2013 8:05PM
Lt. Scott Norton, who volunteered as an emergency responder in Farmington and Middleton for more than 15 years, and his wife Cheryl look at a pin designed to offer support during an event in his honor at the Farmington fire station June 29. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
While terminal lung cancer prevents Farmington Emergency Medical Services Lt. Scott Norton from responding to calls for help from residents, his long-standing, selfless dedication brought the community together.
Former Middleton Fire Chief John Nicastro, who now serves as a firefighter in Lyndeborough, said he drove across the state to support Norton.
Norton’s wife, Cheryl, said the cancer was discovered last September while he was suffering from pneumonia. She said they were both amazed at the outpouring of support from area firefighters, police and emergency personnel.
“He misses it (helping others) terrible,” Cheryl said. “There are times I have to shut the radio off because he wants to go.”
As he requires a wheelchair — which was donated by Steve Dean — to get around, Norton admitted he can no longer even come down to the station as he gets so tired from standing up.
They plan to enjoy the little things.
To recognize Norton’s many years of service, Middleton Selectmen presented him with a check for $750 at the event Saturday.
“We can’t put a number on what you’ve done for the town of Middleton, or the town of Farmington,” said Middleton Selectman Chair Terry Laughy.
Willey, who portrayed one of the two characters in the play, said he was honored to help Norton and was glad he was well enough to attend the June 7 performance.
Norton said he was so impressed by the performance that he recommends everyone seek out an opportunity to see the play, which tells the tale of two people through the letters they wrote to one another.