Colo. volunteer firefighter killed in construction incident

Eric Hill, a 19-year volunteer firefighter-EMT , was hit by a front end loader while working in a construction zone

Saja Hindi
The Denver Post

A Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance worker was killed Saturday evening near Dotsero, CDOT officials announced on Sunday.

Eric Hill, 51, was hit and killed by a CDOT front end loader while working in a construction zone, according to a news release. Hill, a native of Gypsum in Eagle County, was working on the North Frontage Road at mile marker 134.5 when he was struck at about 6:20 p.m.

“Each CDOT employee is part of a work family that supports and cares for one another, and we all mourn the loss of Eric Hill,” said Kyle Lester, director of the Division of Highway Maintenance, in a release. “Our strength and hope will be there to support Eric Hill’s family, as we have also lost a family member.”

CDOT officials said the incident is still being investigated and Colorado State Patrol has not filed any charges.

Hill worked in CDOT’s region 3 in Gypsum, according to the release.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our own. Eric Hill was dedicated to keeping his community safe, both as part of the CDOT team and during his long career Gypsum Fire Protection District,” CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said in the release. “All of CDOT joins together in supporting his family, friends and neighbors, and colleagues during this tragic time.”

The father and grandfather worked with the Gypsum Fire Protection District for almost 19 years as a volunteer, paid lieutenant and emergency medical technician, the release stated. He was also a lieutenant at the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

Hill graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1986 and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, according to the release. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, and two adult children, Kasie Reynolds-Vasquez and Tyler Dohman, as well as a 9-year-old son, Brodie Hill, and two granddaughters.

CDOT officials said there are no plans yet for a service and asked that the family’s privacy be respected.


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Posted by Gypsum Fire Protection District on Sunday, March 17, 2019


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