By Philippe Djegal - email
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - 41-year old Hermilo Pimentel's death was an accident, according to the Justice of the Peace.
Pimentel fell through a contruction hole early yesterday morning at First Baptist Church of Bullard. He was a contruction worker hanging sheet rock in what will be a Family Life Center at the church. Authorities say he died instantly. Hermilo leaves behind a large loving family, and today they reflected on his life.
"You never know what's going to happen today or tomorrow," said Alfredo Alfaro. "I can tell you he lived a very happy life."
The cars lined up outside of Hermilo Pimentel's home today - some friends and family members traveled from as far as Mexico to share the pain of his loss.
"He always had that smile on," said Alfaro. "You didn't really know when he was in his lows. He was always someone you could look up to."
Alfredo Alfaro says his uncle moved to Tyler from Mexico nearly two decades ago in hopes of raising a family, and providing for his wife and children the best he could. Hermilo was a man of faith and conviction.
"He was a great example to all of us as an uncle, a father and a friend," said Alfaro. "He really, really wanted to serve Jehovah the way the bible teaches us to and he really worked hard for that."
"It's always a sad situation when there's nothing you can do," said Greg Dahms. "So, it's always a little bit difficult."
Greg Dahms, a Bullard firefighter, was one of the first emergency personel dispatched yesterday morning to the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, there was nothing he or anyone else could do. Hermilo died instantly.
"In the 30 years I've been doing it, it's never easy," said Dahms. "Everyone has a family, and somebody that cares for them, and it's always a tragedy."
"It's hard to cope. . . in a situation like this," said Alfaro. "But, thanks to all the friends and family, and the faith we have in god, the promises he has for us, it's a lot easier to know that everything's not over."
That's because the life of Hermilo Pimentel, through those that knew him best, will live on forever.
Hermilo is survived by his wife of 13 years, and two young daughters. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.