Community says goodbye to EMT killed in crash

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A close-knit community is missing a vital member. Mingo County EMT, firefighter and security guard Chris Staggs was laid to rest Thursday, after suffering a seizure on the job last weekend.

There was an outpouring of support from the entire region.

“Ambulances that have come from Logan County, Boone County, Dunlow sent an ambulance down,” said Staggs’ coworker Chip Ball.

Staggs died after suffering an apparent seizure behind the wheel of an ambulance Saturday in Mingo County. The ambulance crashed into a home, and Staggs was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Chip Ball was his partner on the job for more than a year.

“He was always in good humor,” Ball said. “You never had to ask for Chris's help. He always volunteered it.”

Thursday, Chris was remembered with a large funeral at the Williamson Fieldhouse, and burial behind his family's home in Lenore.

The funeral procession stretched more than a mile and lasted an hour. Chip says Chris wouldn't know what to think of all the fuss.

“He'd laugh,” Ball said. “Probably wonder why we're going to all the trouble.”

To say Chris was a lot of things to a lot of people would be an understatement.

“The entire community all the way down the line is going to miss Chris,” Ball said. “He's going to leave a big hole that no one is going to be able to fill.”


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