Longtime constable reflects on the weird and whacky in a mountain town
By Cristina Kumka
STAFF WRITER | November 14,2012
Killington First Constable Scott Bigelow is shown on duty in town.
KILLINGTON — First Constable Scott Bigelow has seen many strange and heroic acts in his 23 years protecting the town — from the out-of-towner who bled profusely after sticking himself in the tongue with a grill fork to a local carpenter following a truck packed with possessions, only to find out that the driver had just robbed a mountain home.
The 54-year-old law enforcement professional started as a town cop at the age of 31 and is retiring this year.
His police partner of 13 years, Second Constable Whit Montgomery, is expected to take his place until town meeting when he is expected to run for the position.
Bigelow’s family purchased land in town during the Korean War that would later become home to the town’s first ski lodge — Bigelow’s Lodge and Cabins. It still stands on the access road across from the iconic Grist Mill.
He led the Boy Scouts, fought fires as the town chief, served in the Vermont National Guard including a stint in Iraq, earned a black belt in karate, and became a paramedic, all the while serving Killington residents in place of a fully staffed police department.
His reputation was that of a fair, and humorous, town cop.
No matter who you were, “Biggie” said he treated people the same way.
“I had one set of standards for everybody,” he said.
Bigelow patrolled in and around the resort town’s more than 30 bars.
He said 99 percent of Killington visitors behaved but there was always that 1 percent who, in most cases, caused themselves the most trouble.
“You know when guys crush beer cans on their head,” he said. “I saw a guy do that with a wine glass. It didn’t work out very well for him. He took an ambulance ride.”
“I saw a guy trying to get his car unstuck,” Bigelow said. “He didn’t put winter tires on like his wife told him to and he didn’t hire a wrecker like his wife told him to. He put a shovel under the tire and stood behind the tire and his wife pushed the gas. The shovel came out and smacked him in the head.”
“The list goes on,” he said.
On a more serious note, Bigelow said his fondest memories of Killington were when the whole community came together for town functions.
“Killington is not the rich town that outsiders think it is,” he said. “Most residents are hardworking middle-class people. People here have to be self sustainable. Not everyone that comes up here is a millionaire.”
Bigelow’s accomplishments include increasing ticket revenue for the town, instituting speed signs that slowed drivers down on the access road and proposing the idea to shorten the constables time in Rutland during arrests by creating a police outpost, or small police barracks, up on the mountain.
Those will all likely be picked up by Montgomery, who said he was comfortable serving under and next to Biggie because he knew he always had his back.
Bigelow’s new goal is to get away from the nightlife, move to Florence and be in serenity with his girlfriend and her horses.
He will remain a paramedic and will become a Rutland County Sheriff’s Department deputy under Sheriff Stephen Benard.
Bigelow said he wants Killington to maintain its good law enforcement staff but also build the ski population back up to where it used to be years ago.
“Some properties here have not filled up all winter long,” Bigelow said. “I think the town needs to concentrate on the winter sport. We will never be a four-season resort because we have no lake and no ocean. We do have a great ski area and that’s what we should capitalize on.”