Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton

What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?

I'd have to say it's the town green.

What do you think makes Royalton unique or different from other places you have lived or visited?

Trivia fact – have you ever seen Gilmore Girls? On the opening part of Gilmore Girls – pause it, where they do the flyover, you'll see the red door on the church. I would say that's one thing I tell people to look for.

South Royalton, I can remember as a kid going by because we have the s-curves up there. As a kid I'd look down and I'd go, “who wants to live in South Royalton?” Here I am.

...That's the other thing I love about South Royalton, it really is a community. It's more like family than sometimes family. I am not afraid to have my boys move around town by themselves, paired up, but pretty much by themselves because everybody's watching for everybody else. You know if something looks odd somebody's going to say something. … Cause I'm on the rescue squad, it's kind of odd, there's not a whole lot of people in town who don't know me. Because being on the rescue squad I've had some contact with almost every family in town. We say that we're at our best when everybody else is at their worst. You see a lot of things. It doesn't matter where you are, I had somebody walk up to me and go, “you're the boy from the rescue squad.” I'm thinking, “I'm 37 years old, I'm not sure boy qualifies.” The guy said to me you argued with the person you were with about where we were going. Turned out he had a heart attack and my choice to go to Dartmouth was what needed to happen. He told me that they... they didn't have o.r. time enough to take him in. He ended up with a quadruple... he credited me with saving his life. What I told him was, you really need to thank the person who called. Can't do the job unless somebody tells me it's needed to be done.

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?

There's a couple. In fact you've interviewed the two that come to mind the quickest, three. Paul Brock, Paul Whitney, and Dave Whitney. Dave was the fire chief when I came to town. Paul, I restarted the Cub Scout Pack for about 5 years and Paul was one of my Den Leaders. When I got frustrated he always seemed to know when to step in and get the kids moving.