EAGLE COUNTY – A firefighter who spent nearly two decades working for the Gypsum Fire Protection District was killed Saturday in an off-duty accident, according to a Facebook post on the agency’s page.
Eric Hill had been with the GFPD for almost 19 years.
The 51-year-old was killed in an accident while working at his full-time job with CDOT.
CDOT said the accident happened at approximately at 6:20 p.m. on North Frontage Road near Dotsero. According to the agency, Hill was struck and killed by a CDOT front end loader while working in a construction zone.
The incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.
“Eric was an amazing firefighter, a mentor to many of our members, and a beloved community member,” the Facebook post said. ” “His loss will be deeply felt throughout Gypsum, Eagle, and all who knew him.”
Hill was a lifelong native of Gypsum and served in the United States Air Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, two grown children, Kasie Reynolds-Vasquez and Tyler Dohman, and a nine-year-old son, Brodie Hill, as well as two granddaughters.
Gypsum is a small town about 45 minutes from Vail on the west end of Eagle County.