Eric Bibler has lived in Weston since 1990, when he and his family moved here from New York City. He worked on Wall Street as a securities trader for years, and then had his own specialty brokerage firm in Weston for five years.
Nissan Eventoff , a Weston EMT, had been asking Mr. Bibler to consider joining Weston EMS for a long time. Mr. Bibler recalls, “He would check in with me about once a year and I always told him I was committed to other things. Then three years ago I told him I was ready. It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
Mr. Bibler continued, “I’ve been involved in a lot of different organizations and this one is incredibly efficient and well run. It’s an all- volunteer organization and that can be difficult to manage . The work requires significant training and skills, the entire organization is very complex and the stakes are high — and yet, somehow, it all works. There’s a real spirit of cooperation and the members are genuinely committed to doing a good job. I think everyone on the squad finds it fulfilling to be of service. I know I do.”
“When you tell Weston EMS you are interested in joining, they set up interviews and they ask why you want to join. I told the story of how a first responder had saved the life of a member of my family. Since that time, I’ve thought I want to be able to save a life, too.”
Mr. Bibler’s wife, Christina Morrow, is a trauma therapist who practices a specialized form of therapy called Somatice Experiencing. She is currently serving on a steering committee with a group of expert SE therapists that is providing support to many first responders and people of Newtown and to the therapists who are treating them.
Mr. Bibler and his wife have two children. Their daughter, Zena, is a dancer who works for a nonprofit organization called The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics that studies the dynamics of how art and performance intersect. Zena became aware of the work of this nonprofit group, which is administered by professors from NYU, when she obtained a master’s degree in performance studies there. She and her creative partner started The Movement Party and last summer organized a five-day dance festival on the Cape. “They attracted dancers, choreographers and other performers from several highly regarded companies such as Alvin Ailey who all donated their talents … and they’re all coming back this year,” Mr. Bibler reported.
The Biblers’ son, Lew, is a student at Columbia and will graduate this spring as an English major. “He has a road trip planned this summer with another Weston friend, Matt LaVigne. They were in a band together in high school and Lew still has a strong interest in music. He’s very interested in exploring the music scene in Nashville, and I think he may end up there.”
For the past three years Eric Bibler has been involved with advocacy work of his own. On a visit to Wellfleet, on the Cape, he heard about a proposal to put wind turbines on national park land in Wellfleet. He started a group with local Cape residents to oppose this and got involved in a “crazy quilt of municipal beaurocracy. They wanted to turn Cape Cod into the Saudi Arabia of wind. … Those turbines are not only an eyesore but they’re noisy and destructive to the habitat,” Mr. Bibler explained.
Save Our Seashore was successful in convincing the town of Wellfleet to dismiss this project after they had approved it and received a letter of commendation from the National Park Conservation Association for their efforts. The group has subsequently become involved in other wind energy proposals on Cape Cod and Nantucket and was instrumental in achieving the adoption of uniform planning regulations for the entire Cape, administered by the Cape Cod Commission, a regional planning agency.
Mr. Bibler circled back to his decision to join Weston EMS. “I didn’t realize until I joined that Weston EMS is 100% volunteers and that we don’t charge for our services. I don’t think most people know that.”
“People get involved in volunteer work because they want to give back. It’s such a tangible way to support your community. The Weston Volunteer EMS motto, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, really says it all.”