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Friends & co-workers share memories during funeral for Lt. Hill

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 Firefighters from around the country filled the Rip Griffin Center and Resthaven Cemetery to lay Lieutenant Eric Hill to rest.

"We will tell stories about him and we will remember," International Association of Firefighters 11th District Vice-President, Sandy McGhee said.

Lieutenant Hill will be remember as a family man.

"He had big goals for his family and was well on his way achieving them, he would have done it too if he would have been given a little more time," friend of Lieutenant Hill, Jon Bradshaw said.

He will also be remembered as a cowboy.

"He was born to be a cowboy," friend of Lieutenant Hill, Blane Chapman said.

He was a fireman's firefighter. 

"You see Eric had to be in the middle of everything. If there was work to be done, he was there," Lubbock Fire Rescue, Ricky Murphy said.

His friends and colleagues shared stories during the funeral so we may never forget him.

"And he said, I am the owner," friend of Lieutenant Hill, Seth Boyd said.

"Well those calves are 364 days and they won't be yearlings until the day after tomorrow," Lubbock Fire Rescue Equipment Operator, Perry Killman said.

Sandy McGhee with the International Association of Firefighters presented the family with the IAFF Martin E. Pierce Medal of Honor. It represents dedication, honor and sacrifice and it is the organization's highest award.

Lieutenant David Eric Hill's name will be etched into the walls of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the base of Pike's Peak.

Lubbock Fire Chief Shaun Fogerson described Lieutenant Hill as a hero, risking his life for his community.

"When someone needed his help, he was willing to put himself in danger to help that person. As we saw last Saturday," Fire Chief Fogerson said.

His friends said there are things we can do to honor him through our everyday lives. 

"What is it when we fall asleep at night, burns so deep within us that we can't wait to wake up before our alarm, hit the floor running, and pack so much into the day so we can get it all done to do it all over again tomorrow. That's what Eric did," Chapman said.

"When the tones go off, we get on the truck, and we roll out. Whether it's 3 a.m., 3 p.m., 25 degrees or 95 degrees, we give 100 percent the way Eric did," Lubbock Fire Rescue Firefighter Daniel Garvin said.

A procession followed the service for his last ride.

With bag pipes leading the way, Lieutenant Hill was laid to rest.

The brotherhood is why Ivan Guevara with Odessa Fire Rescue said so many firefighters came to back the badge.

"It's not necessarily taught, it's something that's learned. You become a part of a bigger family and it means more to you than it being a co-worker." Guevara said.

Luis Jimenez with the Cal Fire Honor Guard said he traveled from California to support and help bring closure to the family.

"Rest easy brother, we'll take it from here. You did your job, you did what you did and we got it from now on," Jimenez said.

Lieutenant Hill leaves behind twin daughters Kynlee and Kylee. He and his fiancee, Taylor, had just picked out a house to buy a week before his death. They were due to be married next month. David Eric Hill was 39 years old. 

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