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