Lt. Eric Hill and his crew were working a vehicle accident on I-27 in Lubbock, Texas, when a truck traveling the opposite way lost control, crossing the median and striking and killing Lt. Hill, police officer Matt Reyna, and critically injuring fireman Matt Dawson.
Survivors include his three-year-old twin daughters, Kylee Brice and Kynlee Blaze; his parents, Mark and Susan Hill; sister, Randi Norris, and husband, Zach; and nephews, Tyson and James.
Lt. Hill started his career in Midland, Texas, where he served from September 2006 to August 2009. He served with Lubbock Fire Rescue from August 2009 until his death in January 2020. Eric loved being a fireman/paramedic and took his leadership role as lieutenant seriously by studying and asking many mentors how to be a good leader for his crew.
His greatest achievement, pride, and joy was being a wonderful dad to his little girls. Eric also loved the open range, where he spent a lot of time on horseback. He loved working with horses and cattle and enjoyed rodeo team roping.
Eric was known for giving 100% in anything he did. He was known for his firm handshake, his beautiful blue eyes, and being a loyal friend to others.
I roped with him for a few years. We were a good team together. He went way to soon. RIP cowboy.– Eric Elliott