Historic turnout for memorial team roping for fallen firefighter - FOX34 Lubbock

Historic turnout for memorial team roping for fallen firefighter

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

On Sunday, 2 worlds combined to pay tribute to a fallen hero.

"His firemen brotherhood and his cowboy brotherhood, coming together for one cause. it's just, it's very special," Lt. Hill's mother, Susan Hill, said. 

Lt. Hill was a 10year veteran of Lubbock Fire Rescue. 
But he was also a passionate roper.


"He just fell into it, he was a natural. He worked hard at it, anything he did, he wanted to be the best," Mark Hill, Lt. Hill's father, said. 

1200 competitors signed up at the memorial event named in his honor, making it the largest turnout for a roping competition in Lubbock's history.

"We're just in awe that this many people would come out to honor our son," Mark Hill said. 

On January 11 2020, Lt. Hill and Officer Nicholas Reyna were on the scene of a crash on north I-27, when they were hit and killed, sending shockwaves throughout the community. 

The public's support continues to be unwavering, even 2 months later.

"It's kind of overwhelming, but it is impressive," President of the Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association Chris Kemp said. 

"We had no idea the lives he touched and that people had touched him, we just don't, we just don't know that. And unfortunately this is when you find some of those things out," Susan Hill said.  

Sunday's events not only paid tribute to the memory of Lt. Eric Hill, but it also paid it forward to firefighter Matt Dawson who remains in the hospital at this time. On Monday he will be transferred to Denver, where he will be treated for his traumatic brain injury.

"By doing the concession trailer, we were able to give the proceeds to that, for Matt Dawson," Kemp said. 



For every week of treatment, Lubbock Fire Rescue will send 2 firefighters, to be at his side at all times. 

"We just want them to know we're fighting with him," Kemp said. 

Hill's parents also continue to push their 5-5-5 initiative, urging you to leave early, slow down on the roads, and hug your loved ones.

"We do not want another parent to get that call that we got. And so, we are going to make it our mission to keep every one of these first responders safe," Susan Hill said. 

Hill was a father to 2 twin girls, Kynlee and Kylie. 

The proceeds from the roping event, as well as the silent and live auction, will go to their trust. 

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