Hundreds Attend Funeral For Garrard Paramedic

One by one, they walked into Rockcastle County High School.

“He was like a brother to us all,” said Hall’s partner Justin Berman.

More than 200 people, including EMT’s, firefighters and police officers, attended the paramedic’s funeral in Mt. Vernon. Many came from different places, but most said they've all lost a member of their family.

“I've always called Chris Hall and Justin Bergman my boys, so I've lost a son,” said Jay Manley with Garrard EMS.

“It’s a brotherhood. It shows here today,” said Bergman.

The 35-year-old Hall had been a paramedic for four years. He served in Garrard County less than 2.

“The best person you'd ever meet in your life. He was truly, truly a friend,” said Bergman.

Hall was returning home from a call when a car accident claimed his life. His EMS director says he was essentially killed in the line of duty.

Many were taken back by the service. They said goodbye, but most agree the service was a celebration of Chris Hall's life.

“I think today he's gotten the honor he deserved. He's a wonderful man with a heart that will never be captured again I don't think,” said Hall’s mother-in-law, Gail Bond.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    one must remember that 24 hours may seem long to the 9 to 5er but medics are allowed to rest anytime they are not on a run. yes it is hard to make a run in the middle of the night but you have more time off in the long run.
  • by gale Location: Lancaster on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    I feel that the 12-24 hr shifts are too much for anyone to work. Body needs rest. I know that the Garrard EMS was very good to my dad-Clyde Bolton before he died of cancer. they were always there to help. thoughts and Prayers to the family. Hope this will serve as a warning to stop the long hours a person is on call. I doubt it where Lancaster is concerned. They only think of money...not a life
  • by sister of a paramedic Location: london on Jun 26, 2008 at 08:13 PM
    i think medics should not have to work 24 hr. shifts it is to long for a person to work shrek will be missed by everyone from the hospitals to the nursing homes. i think the emts &medics should only work 12 hr shifts. my brother is a medic and i have friends that are too.
  • by kevin Location: lexington on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    i was coming home from somerset to lexington about two years ago after a buisness transaction and felt like i was going to pass out at the wheel.i wanted to keep going,but something told me to stop and call 911, when i pulled over i saw the garrard county ems office on my right and i pulled in.the way i was treated by these folks was unbelievable.i am not sure if chris hall was there or not,however i am sure he went above and beyond like i was treated.the paramedic begged me to let him take me to the hospital,i refused time after blood pressure was terrible.never even knew as someone in their 30s this could be a i agreed on his and several other paramedics suggestions to just sit for a while and try to relax in the office, since i was to stubborn to go to the hospital.after about an hour i was feeling better and wanted to leave,still against their approval,but determined.i took their advice and saw a doctor the next day.thank god for them.saved my life.bless you all
  • by chris Location: mt.vernon on Jun 26, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    tell the family i said that i will pray for them
  • by D. Foley Location: Stanford, Ky on Jun 26, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    Cris was a dear friend who will be sadly missed. To his family, I send my love...


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