Fallen EMS Hero to be Honored at National Event

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

WAYNESBORO -- After passing away a year and a half ago, one fallen Valley emergency responder is being honored at a national event.

The Waynesboro First Aid Crew lost a hero in January 2012. Although he's gone, he's not forgotten.

Timothy Kyle Southern was killed in a car accident on his way to a call. Kyle was a emergency responder for Waynesboro.

"He cared about everybody. He always wanted to be everybody's friend. He never wanted to see anybody hurt or picked on or whatever. He always tried to take somebody under his wing and help them," said Tim Southern, Kyle's father.

Kyle will be honored Sunday by the National EMS Memorial service.

"To us it really makes us feel really good and heart warming to know that someone here in the first aid crew or someone in the community nominated him for such a high honor," said Southern.

Kyle's family received a check from the Waynesboro First Aid Crew to pay for part of the trip to Colorado.

"Not very many other organizations would give you three or $400 towards a trip. So it really means something that they think enough of Kyle to give us that, to go on the trip," said Southern.

Receiving the honor means a lot to the Waynesboro crew. Thomas Stevens was Kyle's friend for 14 years. He said when Kyle died, it hit home.

"For several weeks, it took us to actually realize he was gone. We talk about him all the time, all the crazy things we've done here," said Stevens.

Kyle's family knows he died doing what he loved.

"He really enjoyed it. He loved the winter time here with the first aid crew. He loved the bad storms. He loved being out and about with all the crew people here," said Southern.

Kyle's family will leave on Friday for the ceremony in Colorado Springs. His former co-workers said, Kyle was very fun and loved telling jokes.

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