A series of winter storms throughout the month of February left the Natural State paralyzed. But thanks to the help of several good Samaritans across the state, many essential workers were able to go to work, while many others were able to get the groceries they needed to weather the storm.
One of those good Samaritans was Hall Ramsey. Ramsey started his own construction company during the pandemic, Ramsey Construction LLC, serving as a general contractor. In addition to being a loving husband and father, much of Maumelle now knows him as a great neighbor and friend to the community.
One of the people that Ramsey helped was Natalie Black, an advanced practice nurse at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
“I know Hall from working with him in the past, but saw his offer to give rides on our Maumelle Community Facebook page,” Black says. “I had to get to the infusion center at the Cancer Institute at UAMS to cover one of the days. He picked me up Thursday, and I asked if we could pick up one of the doctors that I work with too. Of course, he said yes. He picked us up both back up at the end of our shift. We both offered to pay him, and he said ‘no way’.”
The doctor that Hall picked up was Dr. Monica Grazziutti, a physician at UAMS.
“Thursday morning, I guess the worst day of the winter storm, I was thinking about how I was going to get to UAMS. Natalie Black was already arranging for transportation, and she texted me that she was close to my house to pick me up,” Grazziutti says. “She was in a big truck and introduced me to Mr. Hall Ramsey. I thought he was a close relative, or a close friend, but I was very surprised to find out that he was giving rides to people that he did not know, or knew little. He was very careful…I knew some people were giving rides and charged money, but he would not accept any payment.”
“He just went out of his way for me and so many others, whether getting them to essential jobs or taking food to their house. He’s a great guy, very giving,” Black emphasizes.
Grazziutti agrees. “I couldn’t believe that somebody was getting exposed to an accident driving people he didn’t know to work in such bad weather conditions and not asking anything in return,” she says. “He deserves huge recognition. I wish we all had such a wonderful heart.”
As people began to post about Ramsey on social media, his acts of kindness gained attention from the community. One Facebook user wrote, “Hall – you always offer to help when I post on my personal page…Maumelle is better for having people like you with a big heart in it!”
Another user posted, “I would like to say thank you to Hall Ramsey for taking me to Walmart and not charging me one penny! It’s awesome to meet good people!”
Yet another user wrote, “A huge thanks to this wonderful man, Hall Ramsey. He brought us some essentials from Kroger after dropping some nurses at work, a lady at the pharmacy. I’m sure he stayed busy for the entire day.”
Ramsey’s wife, Wendy, shares that this is nothing new. “Hall is always going over and above for anyone who needs help, and has been this way all of his adult life, most recently with the snowstorm last week,” she says. “We own our own construction company, but when the storm hit, Hall wasn’t able to work so his ‘work’ was helping people. Every morning he would get up early, like normal, and head out into the community to try to find someone who needed help. It started with replying to people’s facebook posts asking how roads were, how stock was at local groceries, etc.”
But Ramsey has always been eager to help in the community. “In addition to helping with the snowstorm, last Friday night, there was a house fire on our street in Maumelle,” Wendy Ramsey says. “He was one of the first to run down to the house and make sure the residents were out, getting to the house at about the same time as the firefighters. Luckily everyone was safely out of the house when he got there because I know he would have gone inside. He confessed to me that he had every intention of going into the burning home if he knew there were people inside.”
Ramsey’s daughter Cailtin confirms that her father is always eager to lend a helping hand to others “My dad is a rockstar, always willing to help someone in need. When we first moved to Maumelle, there was a bad storm, a tornado if I’m not mistaken. He dropped everything he was doing and cleared all the fallen trees for the whole neighborhood. He befriended our neighbors and now they’re all best friends, gathering for happy hour in the driveway every day” until the pandemic, she says. “The 2021 snowstorm was no exception.”
Many in Maumelle are thankful to Ramsey for all that he’s done, but Ramsey doesn’t seek payment of recognition. This makes Hall Ramsey a true hometown hero.
“I’m so proud of him,” Wendy Ramsey says. “And I want everyone to know what a servant’s heart he has.”