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December 27, 2013

Life of Charlestown firefighter celebrated

Carl Glen Hall volunteered 50 years to community service

CHARLESTOWN — For nearly 50 years, Carl Glen Hall kept his firefighting gear by the door of his home. The Charlestown volunteer firefighter was always prepared to drop anything and rush to a fire scene when he was called upon.

The remembrance of the veteran firefighter and family man’s selflessness caused some of his loved ones to smile and others to cry during his funeral service Friday afternoon at Grayson Funeral Home.

A huge show of support from family, friends, Charlestown firefighters and American Legion members caused funeral home employees to set up extra chairs in the foyer outside of large room where the service was held.

The eulogy was delivered by the pastor of North Charlestown Church of God, where Hall and his wife, Judy Tackett Hall, were faithful members.

Hall was 67 years old at the time of his death on Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown.

The pastor said Hall was known for his willingness to care for others. His empathy was seen in his 50 years of volunteer fire service, a unique and admirable accomplishment Hall shared with his father, but also when Hall was out of uniform.

Hall worked as an electrician and maintenance mechanic for E.I. Dupont in Louisville, and would respond after hours to the homes of his neighbors if they were without heat. And, if the neighbor didn’t have the money to pay him, Hall would still do the job, and tell them to pay him whenever they could.

Hall wasn’t only caring, he was easy going and family oriented. The pastor also said Hall had a nickname for just about everyone he knew, but how he came up with the nicknames, Hall kept as a secret to himself.

“He was the best husband, the best father, the best brother, the best nephew,” the pastor said. “And, he loved his fellow firefighters.”

Before being laid to rest, Charlestown firefighting brethren took Hall on one last run.

At the end of the ceremony, Hall was ushered out of the funeral home in his casket and lifted to the top of a massive, gleaming white Charlestown fire engine. The fire engine took Hall past the Park Street fire station before taking him to rest at a Charlestown cemetery.

One of nearly 15 VFW and American Legion members, Bill Cheesman, who attended the ceremony, that, combined with the uniform firefighters, provided an almost military-style funeral service for the U.S. Army veteran.

“He was a wonderful person. A wonderful person. I was at his house the night before he died for a Christmas party,” Cheesman said. “He was well thought of, and you can tell by the big turnout here today.”

Cheesman said Hall came from a highly regarded family with deep ties in the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department.

“He was just a nice person. He would help anybody,” Cheesman said. “And his family is great people.”

John Der Arakelian, a Scott County firefighter, said Hall’s firefighting experience was a great asset to younger firefighters and that he often lead training exercises.

“I have a lot of respect for the older firefighters,” he said. “They have the experience, and while things have changed, their knowledge is well respected.”

Der Arakelian said Hall was dedicated to his long volunteer career, simply, because, “It was just his way and nature.”

 

 

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