LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — A funeral was held Saturday afternoon in Lake City for a paramedic killed Tuesday night while helping a crash victim on Pamplico Highway.
Paramedic Sara Kinsy Weaver, 32, of Florence, and the motorcyclist she was treating, Cedric Antonio Gregg, 37, were both killed in the seriesof incidents that also injured two other law-enforcement officers.
Weaver’s body passed under two American flags suspended from firetruck ladders on the way to the funeral. Residents lined Highway 52 to watch the procession.
Florence County Councilman Jason Springs, assistant chief of the South Lynches Fire Department, helped coordinate the procession.
“Going out on the street today and standing there with your hand over your heart shows that you truly appreciate the sacrifices she made to make our lives better here in Florence County,” Springs said.
He said he worked scenes with Weaver and described her as the ultimate professional.
“She was well-versed in the science of medicine and she knew what she was doing,” Springs said. “She interacted well with the patients, which are our citizens. When you were having your worst day, she was the one you wanted to show up and get you out of it.”
Dozens of first responders from agencies across the region saluted Weaver’s loved ones as they entered the funeral service at Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Springs said her loss has been felt by many.
“We all treat each other as family — law enforcement, fire and EMS,” he said. “We are all tight and when something happens to one of us, it affects all of us.”
Jacqueline Williams, the driver charged with two counts of reckless homicide for the crash that killed Weaver, faces a sentence of up to 20 years. She was released from jail Saturday morning after posting a $100,000 bond set at a earlier earlier in the day.
In more than 30 years as a firefighter, Springs said he has seen many people drive aggressively near accident scenes. He hopes the court system will do its job.
“Will that bring back Sara? Absolutely not,” he said. “But we have got to start holding people accountable.”
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