Friends and family said a final goodbye to Christopher Dale Eldridge Thursday. The 43-year old lost his decades old fight with a stubborn cancer on Sunday. Today, friends, family and colleagues, in some cases, traveled miles to pay their respects. During the funeral there were stories, some funny, some spiritual. Words were offered by Police Chief and friend Timothy Walsh, local radio legend Rod Beihler, emergency services chiefs and friends Erik Potter and Chris Martelle, Regional newspaper editor John Anderson and Chris' wife, Renee. Fire and EMS apparatus from New York and Pennsylvania participated in the procession down Main Street, coordinated by county fire District coordinator Shawn Taylor. Members of the Wellsville police department, Sheriff Rick Whitney and Undersheriff Kevin Monroe also were there for support. As Chris was lowered beneath the earth, a final emergency dispatch alerted volunteers. Immediately thereafter, Mercy Flight conducted a fly-over. That was perhaps the moment that even the toughest-acting rescuer, broke into tears. Chris Eldridge: rescuer, broadcaster, dispatcher, disaster manager, husband and friend. The video is courtesy of the Daily Reporter.
This was the final dispatch for Chris, CLICK HERE.