CANTON — A Med-Care Ambulance official commended the Fire Department on Thursday night for its efforts Jan. 30 to rescue a seriously injured snowmobiler during a snowstorm.

In the incident, Doug Kubesh, 48, of Dixfield, suffered multiple injuries after being ejected from his snowmobile and run over by one driven by his son in a cornfield off Canton Point Road, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Town Clerk Kathy Walker read the letter written by Med-Care Deputy Chief Chris Moretto to fire Chief Shane Gallant.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Canton Fire Department for their response and assistance on Jan. 30 at a snowmobile accident off Canton Point Road near the Conant farm,” she read.

“Your quick response and professionalism on the scene, overcoming obstacles as they presented themselves, allowed for a coordinated effort with removing the patient from the trail and into the ambulance for definitive care and treatment.

“Once again, we have proven that even though we live in rural Maine, public safety entities in this area are well trained and prepared to handle any emergency that comes up.”


“Nice,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Donny Hutchins said as the audience and selectmen erupted into loud applause.

Selectman Brian Keene said the board would also like to thank and recognize the group of youths who drove their snowmobiles back and forth, shuttling the emergency responders to the scene.

“Responsible kids, too,” Walker said.

“Good, positive stuff in town,” Hutchins said.

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