Down East EMS Promotes Winchester to Lieutenant

By Jayna Smith

Down East EMS recently announced the promotion of EMT-B Ike Winchester to the position of Lieutenant at the Baileyville base.  Lt. Winchester has been with the ambulance company for seven years, joining after encouragement from his wife when she learned of the need for additional volunteer EMTs.

Lt. Winchester will fit well into his new position, according to Down East EMS Director Steve Welsch.  “Ike is a very intelligent and logical person.  He is very reliable and can be counted on to make the correct decision in any situation,” he said, adding that he is “more than elated” that Winchester accepted the position as lieutenant. 

According to Operations Manager Eddie Moreside, the 20 employees of the Baileyville team make up nearly half of the total personnel for the ambulance company.  With locations also in Eastport, Lubec, and Machiasport, Down East EMS responded to 1850 runs last year.  Nearly half were from the Baileyville location. 

“I’m looking forward to continuing working as a team with the great EMTs and Board of Directors at Down East EMS.  I’m happy to be part of a group that provides such outstanding service to eastern Washington County,” Lt. Winchester stated.

“Down East EMS certainly appreciates all of the volunteer fire departments and first responders that often times are at the scene before Down East EMS can arrive.  Those departments, however, are often short-handed,” he said, encouraging others to consider volunteering with their local fire department.    

In addition to his service at Down East EMS, Lt. Winchester has spent over ten years as Fire Chief of the Meddybemps Fire Department.  He also volunteers with the Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue as both an EMT and a firefighter. 

Lt. Winchester’s service to others extends beyond assisting as an EMT and fighting fires.  He is President of the Schoodic Shrine Club as well sits as planning committee logistics chair for St. Croix Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Additionally, he is chairperson of the board of trustees of the Meddybemps Christian Church and a selectman for the town.   Lt. Winchester resides in Meddybemps with his wife Dawn.  He has three grown children, Jessica, Brooke and Joey, and two grandsons.