CHESTERFIELD, S.C. -- Fire trucks and ambulances lined a route across Chesterfield County on Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to an EMT worker who was killed in an accident.
Belinda Gale Rivers, 43, died when the ambulance in which she was riding was struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 74 in Monroe on Tuesday.
Early Thursday evening officials said the driver of the ambulance, Jonathan Cory Brown of Cheraw, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
"Witness accounts and evidence show that the ambulance entered the intersection at Venus and 74 while the stoplight was emitting a steady red light," said Monroe Police Department Chief Debra Duncan.
Rivers and Brown had just dropped a patient off at Carolinas Medical Center -- Union just prior to the accident.
Funeral services took place at Cross Roads Baptist Church.
Officials in Chesterfield County said vehicles from several fire departments lined the route from Caulder Funeral Home in Chesterfield to the church.
“It’s a very touching experience, I mean it really is. Just to know that we can all pull together agencies from around the state," said Cory Outen, a paramedic from Camden.
Rivers was born and raised in Chesterfield and spent her entire adult life helping others.
She volunteered for several rescue services and then joined Sandhills Ambulance Services based in Cheraw. Her co-workers attended the funeral dressed in their company shirts.
"Gail is a good hearted person. She would do anything for anybody. You needed anything, she worked her hardest to do it. Her patient's loved her, EMS co-workers loved her," said friend Penny Boone.
Brown is set to appear in court on December 6 in Union County.