• Paramedic shot, killed is honored by community at funeral

    By: Stephanie Tinoco


    CONCORD, N.C. - Family, friends and co-workers said their final goodbyes to a paramedic who was shot and killed in Concord.

    A large processional and funeral was held Friday afternoon for Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan who authorities said was shot and killed by her husband.

    Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan had worked at MEDIC in Charlotte since 2010 and most recently served as a relief operations supervisor. (WSOCTV.com)

    (Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan)

    Hart-O'Sullivan had worked at MEDIC in Charlotte since 2010 and most recently served as a relief operations supervisor.

    Ambulances and firetrucks flashed their lights outside and there was a tribute Friday for Hart-O’Sullivan inside Concord First Assembly Church.

    Police said her husband, Patrick O'Sullivan, shot and killed her at their home last week.

    On Friday night, Hart-O’Sullivan was remembered for her commitment and dedication.

    “Rebekah had a strong commitment to her co-workers and was dedicated to serving the people of Mecklenburg County,” said Joe Penner, executive director of the Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Service Agency. “Her absence will leave an empty space in the hearts of our employees, her friends and family for many years to come.”

    Her husband, Patrick O'Sullivan, is charged with murder. Authorities said he shot Rebekah last week after an argument at their home on Todd Drive.

    Police said Patrick O'Sullivan shot her several times during an argument and then fled. (WSOCTV.com)

    (Patrick O'Sullivan)

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    Hart-O’Sullivan was a mother of four, a MEDIC supervisor and a former Army paramedic in Operation Desert Storm.

    She was honored for her dedication to residents, some of whom said her faithfulness to her job saved their loved ones' lives.

    When the ceremony ended, MEDIC issued Hart-O’Sullivan a last call to service.

    “The members of Mecklenburg EMS Agency wish to thank paramedic Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan for her service to them to the assistance of Mecklenburg County, the state of North Carolina and to this great nation. Paramedic Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan’s assignment was complete on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Rest in peace, our sister. We will take it from here.”

    Concord police charged Patrick O’Sullivan with murder after finding him outside in the cold 36 hours after Hart-O’Sullivan’s body was found.

    After Patrick O’Sullivan was taken to the hospital, police searched nearby woods and found a weapon.

    O'Sullivan made his first court appearance Thursday morning in Cabarrus County, where he was read the charges against him. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 1.

    Services for Hart-O'Sullivan were held at 7 p.m. at Concord First Assembly Church. 

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