CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family, friends and emergency personnel said their final goodbyes to a man who spent his life serving others.
Fred Tillis passed away at his home Monday after a short illness. He is a longtime EMT and CPR Instructor for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.
His funeral was held Thursday at Perow Presbyterian Church in Cross Lanes with full EMS and Fire Service honors. More than 100 people attended the service.
An ambulance, sheriff's cruiser and fire truck were parked outside the church during the funeral. The ambulance was draped in black ribbons.
According to a news release, most say they will remember Fred for his passion for teaching CPR/First Aid classes throughout the state, and his love for EMS, his family and friends. He has taught tens of thousands of people CPR across the region.
Fred was a longtime Emergency Medical Technician, currently serving Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, according to a news release. Fred started in EMS as a volunteer in 1977.