Police chief still recovering from stroke10/23/08

Oct. 23, 2008

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

Williston Police Chief Jim Dimmick, who suffered a stroke in July, is still recuperating and no date has been set for his return to work.

“Chief Dimmick is continuing to make progress in his recovery,” Town Manager Rick McGuire wrote to the Observer in an e-mail last week. “(He) is staying in touch with various issues relating to the Department and has regular contact with staff.”

Dimmick, 53, was initially hospitalized in New York, where he was vacationing with family, after the July 12 stroke. He was then moved to the Fanny Allen Campus of Fletcher Allen Health Care for treatment, according to McGuire.

Now at home, Dimmick said he is undergoing treatment including speech therapy. He visited the Observer offices last month.

Doctors determined Dimmick had suffered a stroke related to a blockage in his carotid artery, Police Sgt. Bart Chamberlain said in an interview shortly after Dimmick was hospitalized.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a region of the brain is obstructed, according to the Web site neurologychannel.com. The site defines an “ischemic stroke” as one caused by blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain, resulting in a deficiency in blood flow (ischemia), which appears to be the type that Dimmick suffered.

Chamberlain, who visited Dimmick in the hospital, said at the time that Dimmick was fully functional mentally, but could not communicate at full capacity.

“He is a very strong, healthy and determined person. I’m confident he is working as hard as he can to recover and return to work,” Chamberlain said.

In his absence, Chamberlain is serving as the acting chief.