Lt. Eric Hill's family starts initiative to save lives in his ho - FOX34 Lubbock

Lt. Eric Hill's family starts initiative to save lives in his honor

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The parents of the late Lubbock Fire Department Lieutenant Eric Hill want to carry on his legacy.

With the 5-5-5 initiative, Mark and Susan Hill hope to save lives in his memory.

"Most people know, before radio, and things like that, they would ring bells to let fire department personnel know what was happening in different places, and when a firefighter fell, they would ring five bells three times," Mark Hill, Lt. Hill's father, said.

Lt. Hill and Lubbock Police Department Officer Nicholas Reyna were struck and killed working a series of wrecks on North I-27 last month.

"We've been told by several people here that he saved lives, and that people are walking around Lubbock today, because he was a good paramedic, and we want to continue that legacy," Mark said.

The first "five" is leave five minutes early. The second is slow down five miles an hour below the speed limit. The third is hug five people you love every day.

Mark said they want to use this program to save lives, just as their son did for many others.

"Anytime there's an accident, and they're on the side of the road with those blinking lights, probably, that's the highest risk they are. If we can stop it, maybe not stop it, but slow that down some, ad keep those guys safe, that's what I would say to the community, just keep our first responders safe," Mark said.

They hope to expand the program moving forward, he said, by putting up billboards, creating bracelets, bumper stickers and other items to remind the community of these three things.

Mark said they also do not want any other family to go through the pain they have.

"It's been horrific and it still is horrific," Mark said. "We hurt, and we're not through that fog yet to where we see the sunshine, and I don't know when that's going to happen, but we certainly don't want anyone else to go through it."

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