911 Transcript Provides Background On Chief’s Suspension

Dalton Fire and Rescue Department Chief Ron Sheltry at the 2013 North Country Public Safety Foundation Awards dinner. Sheltry was suspended without pay last week by selectmen stemming from a complaint by a Dalton resident. (File photo by Paul Hayes)

A 911 transcript from May 2 indicates suspended Dalton Fire and Rescue Chief Ron Sheltry told dispatch his entire crew will be standing down from entering a home after a resident, on the floor and in need of medical attention, said he didn’t want Sheltry in his home, but the other responders could enter.

The incident reveals what has been ongoing tension and bad blood between the resident, Ted Barden, and his wife, former Dalton Selectman Kathy Barden, and Sheltry and his wife, Carol Sheltry, a new selectman who is also a member of Dalton Fire and Rescue.

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