GYPSUM — Hundreds gathered Friday on a sunny, warm day to honor a sunny, warm man.
Dep. Kyle Richard Hall was saluted during and after Friday’s service by his fellow law enforcement officers, emergency workers and his community and family.
Hall had been with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office since 1989, after graduating Morgan Community College’s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy. He and his police dog Nicky were assigned to the sheriff’s K-9 unit.
Hall was born in Naperville, Ill., and raised in Downers Grove, Ill., and friends said he brought that Midwestern steadiness to everything he did. His insight was almost always spot on, they said.
He earned his emergency medical technician certification and volunteered as an EMT with the Western Eagle County Ambulance District.
After serving in the K-9 unit, Hall became a detective.
He served his community as a member of the Gypsum Town Council. He loved country music, and his denim jacket boasts autographs from some of the stars who’ve performed at Gypsum Daze throughout the years.
Hall battled cancer for three years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cops Fighting Cancer — http://copsfightingcancer.org/ — or the Kyle Hall Memorial at Wells Fargo Bank. His family plans to use memorial donations to support K-9 units for police departments who cannot afford such services.