Though Steve Hastings of Paducah died in February, his memory lives on. As a member of the first class of EMTs in Paducah, former coworkers will honor Hastings in an effort to raise money for a cemetery marker in his name. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Debbie Peck worked with Hastings beginning in 1980 as a fellow EMT at Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service and has fond memories of their time working together.
"He was a real likable person. He was jovial and was serious about helping people," Peck said. "I always saw him smiling. That's how he always was, with a big smile on his face."
Lynne Shelbourne, former owner of Mercy Regional EMS, hired Hastings in 1970, the year he became one of Paducah's first EMTs. He described Hastings as a very dependable employee.
"Steve was a very smart guy. He was very attentive. You tell him to do something, and he'd do it," said Shelbourne. "He was just a good guy."
Doyott White, an EMT at Mercy Regional EMS, worked with Hastings when White first began the job.
"He was very hard working and dedicated to the citizens of Paducah and McCracken County," White said.
With no family, some of Hastings' friends and coworkers hope to memorialize Hastings' character and honor the lives he saved with a marker for his grave.
To donate to the cause, checks can be made to Steve Hastings Memorial Account, U.S. Bank, 2630 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003.
Contact Katie Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8655.