Scott Hyslop - Flight Paramedic
More than 300 friends,
family and co-workers gathered in a windy meadow Tuesday to mourn Scott
David Hyslop, a
told amusing stories of Hyslop's busy life and described his love for
his family, job and life.
enthusiastic spirit, love of life and dedication to helping others is an
inspiration to us all," said Roger Ceilley, Hyslop's father-in-law.
of Hyslop lined the entrance of the tent used for the service. Many
featured him with his wife, Elizabeth, and two dogs; others showed him
skiing, mountain and ice climbing, sailing or dozing on a couch. One
photograph showed him grinning while carrying the Olympic torch before
of Hyslop's friends and family members noted his dedication to the
pursuit of happiness.
ability to fit as much as possible into one day was nothing short of
amazing," said Leo Lloyd, a co-worker from Bayfield. "Scott
chose to be happy."
crews staffed Durango-area fire stations while dozens of firefighters
flocked to the service. Many wore black mourning bands over their
shiny Ladder One decked with American and
think it's as close to losing a family member as you'll ever lose,"
Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Chief Mike Dunaway said. "You
go in places other people won't go. You go in there together, and that's
your brother beside you. To lose those people is hard. It pulls at the
authority spokesman Dave Abercrombie said Hyslop's death forcefully
reminded local emergency workers of the risks their jobs entail.
"This brings it back to the forefront," Abercrombie said.
"It forces you to evaluate the risk and your own mortality and so
agreed. "That's not supposed to happen to us. We're supposed to
help others when it happens to them, and that's the hardest part."
world has lost one of the most caring and honest people," said
Larry Vaughn, an engineer with the fire authority. "The man would
do anything for anybody and always with one of the most wonderful smiles
I've ever seen."
became a father five months ago with the adoption of Dylan, his son. He
especially enjoyed reading Sports Illustrated to him, a friend
recounted his fun-loving attitude. "Scott was never happier than in
the past few years," said his brother, Rob Hyslop.
brother-in-law, Mike Ceilley, remembered how he and Hyslop biked down a
Hawaiian mountain only to have Hyslop insist on biking uphill to a
winery. "He didn't like coasting," Ceilley said. "He
wanted to pedal."
close the service, a man played "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes.
firefighter rang a fire bell nine times to mark Hyslop's passing: three
for an emergency call, three for the response, three for the return to