Funeral Held for EMT Who Lost Her Life in the Line of Duty


Wednesday morning, the body of EMT Jennifer Rae Cross was laid to rest. Cross was the paramedic that was killed in a car crash last Friday evening while she was responding to an emergency call.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘hero’ as a person admired for achievements and noble qualities. Jennifer Cross’ colleagues say that’s exactly what she was.

“The impact that she had on many was unknowing,” said Ryan Foster of the Jackson County EMS. “Every patient she touched… she made a difference in their life. She would do anything for you that she could at any time.”

Cross was a hero gone too soon on her way to do what she loved: helping others on a daily basis. She was responding to an emergency call Friday evening when she suddenly got into a car crash where she would lose her life.

Wednesday morning, those she worked with and loved came to honor her one last time at the Racine Baptist Church.

“She never treated a patient differently than she would have her own family,” said Foster. “She was a very big family person, which has left a very big impact on her family here.”

A sea of blue was formed outside the church after the service in Cross’ honor. The sea of blue was followed by a procession that would take her to her final resting place.

Heroes come and go, but this one will forever live in the hearts of her community.

The family of Jennifer Cross released the following statement to 13 News:

“Jennifer was a dedicated public servant with 23 years in EMS and 10 years as a registered nurse. She worked at many local agencies including Southeast Ohio EMS District, Meigs County EMS, Jackson County EMS and Portsmouth Ambulance Service.

She was moved and respected by her mini peers. Jennifer touched innumerable lives throughout her career. She was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt with a larger than life, bubbly personality. This loss is great and will be felt across our communities for years to come. It is with heavy hearts that we say our goodbyes and pay our respects today. Although we shed tears for such a loss, we will also strive to remember her with the smiles and laughter she brought to everyone she knew.”

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