UPPER MARLBORO – For the second time in two months Prince George’s County laid to rest a firefighter who died in the line of duty. On July 21 Fire Fighter/Medic Lt. Christopher Hill 46, died after a heroic battle with cancer. “His form of cancer is considered occupational and service-related and his death was ruled […]
UPPER MARLBORO – For the second time in two months Prince George’s County laid to rest a firefighter who died in the line of duty.
On July 21 Fire Fighter/Medic Lt. Christopher Hill 46, died after a heroic battle with cancer.
“His form of cancer is considered occupational and service-related and his death was ruled a line of duty death,” said Mark Brady Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) spokesperson.
Hill is the 42nd firefighter in the Prince George’s County Fire Department to die in the line of duty.
On April 15, Prince George’s County firefighter /paramedic John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the department, along with volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, was only a few feet into a house when the man they were checking on opened fire, ultimately killing Ulmschneider and wounding Swain.
Hill died on July 21 of a form of brain cancer.
He has been a firefighter with PGFD since 2002. With hard work and dedication, Hill rose through the ranks. He ended his career as a lieutenant at Station 823 in Forestville.
“He was a great guy to work with,” said Firefighter Kelly Peterson of PGFD. “He was just an awesome guy and he will be missed by all.”
Prior to becoming a firefighter, he served in the United States Army in the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Following his service in the Army, Hill continued his service to the community with the Naval District Washington Fire Department with the Baden Volunteer Fire Department, where he volunteered his time.
He then began the process of moving from Maryland to Pennsylvania. Hill enjoyed a short few months in the new home he shared with his family before passing away.
Hill is survived by his wife Jennifer and his two children, Amy Grace, 9, and Evan Christopher, 5. He also leaves behind his mother, Judith Hill, and all of his brothers and sisters of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and IAFF Local 1619.
On Wednesday, family members, friends and more than 500 firefighters from PGFD and surrounding fire departments said their final good-byes to Hill at a funeral featuring full military line of duty death honors. The service was held at Riverdale Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro.
“Chris will be missed by all of us,” said Capt. Danon Ushinski. “He was just a super great guy.”
Emergency personnel from throughout the National Capital region filled in at Prince George’s County stations to allow on-duty personnel the opportunity to attend funeral service for Hill.
“We had 17 jurisdictions provide equipment and manpower from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Brady said. “Some of the jurisdictions that provided equipment and staffing were Frederick, Anne Arundel (and) Montgomery counties as well as the District of Columbia, Baltimore City, Naval District Washington, Baltimore Washington Airport and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
“The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is deeply appreciative of the tremendous amount of support and assistance we have received. We are forever grateful.”