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No matter his moniker (Mr., Mayor, or Doctor), Harvey L. Hall was an extraordinary gentleman who did so much for so many!

In April of this year, he became suddenly ill, and in a few short weeks, on May 19, he succumbed to what was diagnosed as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. 

Harvey is considered a pioneer of modern emergency medical services in California as Founder of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County, California’s population.

He fostered the concept of “Unity in Our Community” as Bakersfield’s 25th (and longest-serving) Mayor.  During his tenure, he was eager to help recognize the accomplishments, celebrations, and pride of Bakersfield’s diverse population, presenting 1,836 Proclamations and 10,750 Certificates of Appreciation.  He performed 958 ribbon cuttings with his custom-made oversized scissors and led 91 groundbreakings.  He delivered 981 speeches, extended 469 welcomes and hosted 452 foreign visitors, and participated in 64 military events.  He looked forward to participating in the annual Read Across America event—reading 166 books to school children often dressed as the Cat in the Hat. 

In 2008, President George W. Bush called upon Hall to develop a plan to end homelessness in our community.  Hall introduced Home First: Kern County’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, bringing together a coalition of organizations to tackle this challenging issue.

Concerned about the cleanliness and the first impression of motorists traveling through Bakersfield, he started the Mayor Hall Freeway Litter Clean-up, where for thirteen-years he personally led residents early on Saturday mornings as they picked up litter along the on and off ramps running through our city.  He was instrumental in creating the city’s Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Committee and spearheaded the local Great American Cleanup.  His passion for these endeavors led to him being honored as an Iron Eyes Cody recipient by Keep America Beautiful.  Hall continued on his crusade even after his time as mayor ended through his support of the Downtown Bakersfield Street Ambassadors program.

His humanitarianism stretched across our borders by fostering sister city relationships between Bakersfield and Queretaro, Mexico; Bucheon, Republic of Korea; and Amritsar, India. 

This quiet philanthropist gave of his time and personal resources to assist countless individuals whose plight he would learn about through local media reports; as well as, local non-profits and organizations.  He enjoyed mentoring and inspiring Bakersfield’s youth, which included donating his entire mayor’s salary to create the Mayor Hall Scholarship Fund—awarding $253,000 in financial aid to 297 local students.

They say Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease affects one in a million, and Mayor Hall certainly fit that bill. 

By participating in Strides4CJD, Team Big H hopes to create public awareness of sporadic CJD and honor the legacy of our husband, father, papa, employer, and dedicated servant of humanity!


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