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Statehouse honors late EMS official
Peebles died in February
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Tim Peebles

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A local pioneer for emergency medical services was honored posthumously Thursday with resolutions from the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate.

The family of Capt. Tim Peebles, including his wife, Dawn, and daughter MaKayla, were present for the reading of the resolutions at the state Capitol honoring the late Hall County EMS coordinator who died Feb. 28 after an extended illness.

“He was a person of magnanimous strengths with an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness and kindness and, by the example he made of his life, he made this world a better place in which to live,” the resolution read in part. “The members of this body join in honoring the life and memory of Capt. Tim Peebles and express their deepest and most sincere regret at his passing.”

Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, and former Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, had sponsored the resolutions.

Peebles, 44, began his public service career as a volunteer firefighter for Hall County in 1985. He went on to become a full-time firefighter and EMT and later a training lieutenant for the department. In 2000, he was named coordinator for the county’s emergency medical services, a position he held until his death.

Peebles was one of the founding members of Hall County Safe Kids and was a driving force in having automated external defibrillators in every fire and sheriff’s vehicle. He was an active member of the Georgia Association of EMS board of directors.

“He just had a statewide impact as far as emergency medical services,” said Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell, who also attended Thursday’s ceremonies at the capital. “He had a real passion for it.”

A golf tournament Peebles was organizing to raise money for defibrillators in schools will go on as planned, Kimbrell said.

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