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National association recognizes the late Harvey Hall's impact

Lavonne Hall receives American Ambulance Association Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Harvey Hall, from AAA President Mark Postma. (Photo from AAA)

The American Ambulance Association honored the late Harvey Hall with the Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 7 in Las Vegas.

The Hall Ambulance Founder and former Bakersfield mayor received the award, which is named for the first executive director of the American Ambulance Association, for his significant long-term impact on the association.

Hall’s widow, Lavonne Hall, accepted the honor on her late husband’s behalf.

She spoke about the passion he had for the business and professionalizing ambulance service through his involvement with the association on the state and national level.

“If there was a concern, he expected it to be addressed immediately,” she said, telling the audience that Hall led through heart leadership and taught through words as well as actions.

“To him, the most important lessons were Care, Compassion, and Community.

  • Care …he expected the very best for the patients we serve. The best personnel; the best equipment; and, the best care possible.
  • Compassion …for your patients as well as your co-workers. Harvey knew that sometimes holding your patient’s hand is the best medicine they need.
  • Community …Harvey believed in giving back and being an active part in the communities we serve.”


Harvey Hall served as the mayor of Bakersfield from 2001 to 2016.

He died May 19 of the sporadic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

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