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Funeral arrangements announced for Baton Rouge Fire captain who died while on duty

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BATON ROUGE - A longtime fire captain died Saturday after suffering a medical emergency while on duty, officials say.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department announced that Captain Walker L. Hill, who worked for the department for more than 24 years, died Saturday after having a medical emergency while on duty.

Captain Hill's funeral procession will be 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 19 from Our Lady of the Lake to the Resthaven Funeral Home. The procession will move from Essen to Interstate 12, Interstate 12 to Airline, Airline
to Jefferson Highway. This will be the only procession. There will not be one after the service.

The funeral will be at Istrouma Baptist Church on Thursday, Dec. 22. A wake will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., when the service will start. 

Read BRFD's full statement below:

"With the deepest regret and heavy hearts, we report the line-of-duty death of Captain Walker L. Hill, IAFF 557 Local, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brother Hill passed away on December 17, 2022, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.  Captain Hill began his career with the Baton Rouge Fire Department on August 18. 1998 and was promoted to Captain in 2017.

During his time of service, he received (4) lifesaving awards, (2) fire service excellence citations, and even assisted in delivering a baby.

Captain Hill was dedicated and committed to the citizens of Baton Rouge, who he served faithfully throughout his career. He was an active member of IAFF 557 Local, a beloved father, son, brother, and dedicated public servant.  Captain Hill leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.

Please keep Captain Hill's family and the department in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn his passing and celebrate his life.  Captain Hill's memory will live on in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace, Brother Hill; we have the watch from here."

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