LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local EMT is being mourned by the Merrimack Valley first responder community. Scott Couture worked as an EMT in Lawrence and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Couture mentored and trained many fellow EMTs. He died on Friday at age 55 after a 3-year long battle with esophageal cancer, leaving behind two grown children, and his wife and her two children. Couture adopted his wife Jen's children, one of whom has autism.
"Jen is going to have bills and struggles with Olivia whole her entire life," said close friend Chris Locapo. He said in taking time off to care for Scott, Jen lost her job, which meant no income, and no insurance.
"Last time I saw Scott I gave him a hug...and I said 'I promise you I will take care of your family,'" he said.
Locapo said that means he wants to make sure the family doesn't lose their house or get swamped by bills.
"Scott deserves everything we can possible give him," he said.
Donations can be made out to Scott Couture Benefit Fund, which goes by the handle @CLocapo on Venmo. Donors can also send a check made out to the Scott Couture Benefit Fund and sent to Lawrence General Hospital, c/o Pre-Hospital EMS, 1 General St. Lawrence, MA 01841.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reported this story.