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Memorial service, funeral procession for volunteer firefighter scheduled for Saturday

Public invited to attend service
Posted: 7:28 AM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-23 01:27:54-04
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The family of Eric Hill has scheduled a memorial service for the volunteer firefighter, who was killed in an off-duty incident on Interstate 70 on March 16.

The service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds at 794 Fairgrounds Road in Eagle. The public is invited to attend the service.

A procession of agency vehicles including Gypsum Fire, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and others will escort the family to the fairgrounds.

Agencies participating in the procession will begin their journey from the CDOT Maintenance Yard, located at 10519 Highway 6 in Gypsum at 9 a.m. The procession will then drive eastbound on US 6 to Eagle and navigate the roundabouts to Chambers Avenue to the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Anyone from the public wishing to join the memorial service is asked to park in the paved lot west of the Eagle River Center, located at 794 Faigrounds Road in Eagle.

Hill died while doing maintenance work on the N. Frontage Road along Interstate 70 near Dotsero. He was struck and killed by a CDOT front end loader.

Hill worked with the Gypsum Fire Protection District for 19 years as a volunteer, paid lieutenant and EMT. He also served as a lieutenant with the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. He was a lifelong native of Gypsum, and graduated in 1986 from Eagle Valley High School.

Hill served in the United States Air Force for four years.

He is survived by his wife, three children and two granddaughters.