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Albuquerque first responder killed in car crash near Santa Ana Casino

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – About 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle crash around the Santa Ana Pueblo killed a few people – a single of those people victims was an Albuquerque paramedic, Christopher Legits.

The 26-yr-aged paramedic was explained to be on his way household from fishing that day when the crash happened.

“He was performing what he liked to do and that was hanging out with pals and dwelling life,” mentioned Gabe Gallegos. 

It was allegedly a drunk driving accident that happened off U.S. 550, just a couple miles absent from Santa Ana Casino.

Multiple police departments responded to the scene, including Rio Rancho, Santa Ana, and Sandoval County. An outpouring of help for Legits was witnessed all more than Fb.

“I consider what folks will keep in mind from him is just the way he aided individuals in the way he cared for individuals,” stated Gabe Gallegos, a near buddy. “He was a paramedic for many yrs and I just can’t visualize how numerous lives he saved, and how a lot of persons are nonetheless with us due to the fact he was here with us. Chris experienced this substantial heart, amazing smile that just designed anyone feel so warm and so liked, whenever you talk to him.”

A tribute was held to honor his life, broadcasting to all paramedics across Bernalillo County above dispatch radio.

“That’s what Chris would want us to do. Chris, you will permanently be skipped but never ever forgotten. It is with good honor right now that we have you to your resting spot. Remember to join us as we consider a minute of silence.”

“Just listening to him discuss about the earth, hearing him chat about the way he loved persons, the way he wanted to see our neighborhood be much better, individuals are the reminiscences I’ll constantly have,” mentioned Gallegos. 

There was also a procession for Legits held on the interstate when he was transported to a funeral dwelling in Santa Fe. 

Statement on behalf of Jim Williams, Deputy Chief, Albuquerque Ambulance Provider:

“Albuquerque Ambulance Service (AAS) is saddened by the loss of Chris Rivera-Legits. Chris labored at AAS for practically four decades and was an outstanding paramedic who treated clients with the utmost respect and empathy. We will keep in mind him as a superb particular person with a huge smile and a heat heart. We deliver our deepest sympathies to his loved ones and good friends.”

Information of the crash continue being restricted.