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Memorial service for slain U.S. Deputy Marshal expected to bring outpouring of support

Written by Brett Sholtis/WITF News | Jan 25, 2018 8:15 AM
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U.S. Marshal David Pane speaks at a press conference following the fatal shooting.

(Hershey) -- A memorial service will be held this afternoon to celebrate the life of U.S. Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill, who was fatally shot a week ago in the line of duty.

Dozens of condolences were posted to Christopher Hill's online obituary, from other U.S. Marshals to old friends who remembered how his smile lit up a room.

Hill was part of a nine-person task force serving a warrant in Harrisburg when a man inside the home opened fire.

U.S. Marshals historian David Turk says the loss strikes close to home for those in the law enforcement community. "It's a very close family here at the service, so when we lose one of our own, especially here, it's often someone we all know."

U.S. Marshals' spokesman Drew Wade says dozens of law enforcement agencies are expected to attend, as well as public officials including Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and U.S. Attorney David Freed.

Hill served as an Army Ranger before he became a U.S. Marshal, and military personnel are expected to attend the memorial. Online the 75th Ranger Regiment Association offered its sympathy, while other Rangers said they planned to attend.

At noon a ceremonial motorcade will travel from the funeral home in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County to the Giant Center in Hershey for the service, which is open to the public.

Hill, who was 45, grew up in Northumberland County and lived in York County. He is survived by his wife and two children.

He is the first U.S. Marshal to die in Pennsylvania since 1851.

Published in Harrisburg, Hershey, News, York

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