For James ‘Marty’ Hall‚ the fire station was not just a workplace; it was his second home. Besides his family‚ firefighting was what he loved. He was so proud of the fact that he was a captain on the fire department. Marty served 15 years on the Canton Fire Department‚ where he was a career captain and a paramedic‚ and also served one year part-time on the Green Township Fire Department.
Marty was very compassionate for what he did. In 2003‚ he received Firefighter of the Year after going into a burning house because there was a child inside. He carried out a small four-year-old boy who was not breathing. Marty and his crew began CPR and mouth to mouth to revive the child. It did not end there. Marty celebrated Austin’s birthday with him every year. Marty was a true hero.
Aside from work‚ Marty had three beautiful daughters he adoredAshley‚ Arika‚ and Chloe. He carried three pennies in his firefighting gear‚ one to represent each of his daughters. His favorite thing to do with his daughters was to play sports. He always pushed them to be the best they could be‚ and it shows by how successful they have become. Marty was a devoted son to his parents‚ Jim and Sue. He called his dad every day to get advice on how to prepare his girls for the next sporting event.
On the day Marty passed away‚ he was playing in a benefit basketball game for a police officer that was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was so devoted to the community and impacted so many people. He will always be remembered as the courageous‚ loving man he was.