Local snowmobile club helps motorist having medical emergency in Derby

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DERBY — The Derby-based Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club have won many awards over the years, including the 2013 VAST Club of the Year. But on Tuesday night they went a step further and turned into local heroes.

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At around 8:00 p.m. Roger Gosselin and club president Michael Koehler were out grooming trails to local businesses in Derby when they came upon a motor vehicle that had crashed into a light pole at the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.

As they passed by in the groomer, the car was still in gear and they saw that the man was unable to get out of his vehicle due to a medical event.

Using the club tree trimmers they were able to gain access into the vehicle, placed it in park, and shut off the engine.

The two rendered aid until emergency services arrived.

“We would like to thank Derby Line Fire Department, Derby Line Ambulance, and Vermont State Police for a quick response to the scene to further assist with helping the gentleman,” a statement issued by the club read.

The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club maintain trails all throughout the Northeast Kingdom, including the towns of Derby, Charleston, Morgan, Norton, and Holland.