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Family, Friends Remember ‘Hiking Paramedic’



Knoxville, Tenn. – The man known as the “Hiking Paramedic” is being remembered by his family and friends after his sudden passing.

Harold “Hal” Thompson died Friday after going into cardiac distress while on a hike with his brother near the Greenbriar Ranger Station, WATE-TV reported.

His funeral was held yesterday.

Blake Thompson, Hal Thompson’s son, said if his father wasn’t on the job as a paramedic, he would either be hiking or with his family.

A U.S. Army Honor Guard presented a folded American flag to the Thompson family at the end of the service.

Colleagues then turned up their radios to hear his last service call.

“We thank you for your dedication to citizens of Knox County,” the dispatcher said over the radio. “As of today, his call line of 706 will be retired of outstanding honor. Although you’re gone from here on in, you will never be forgotten. Hal, your work here is done.”