Longtime Thornhill fire chief passes away

  • Mar. 29, 2011 8:00 p.m.


A FORMER Thornhill fire chief who helped build up the department passed away last weekend.

Art Hill, who served as Thornhill fire chief from the 1997 until 2005, passed away March 26.

Wes Patterson, who served as deputy fire chief under Hill for several years before taking over as fire chief in 2005, said Hill did a lot to expand the fire department.

“He was a big part of the Thornhill Fire Department for a lot of years,” said Patterson earlier today.

Hill had more than 30 years of experience with the fire department and did a lot of training and mentoring, said Patterson, adding he learned a lot from Hill.

Hill was involved with all aspects of the fire department, including rope training and pump training, said Patterson.

Hill was an electrician by trade and worked throughout the area, including working for cablevision for a number of years, and recently worked up at the airport, said Patterson.

“He was passionate about his family,” said Patterson about Hill.

“He enjoyed his trade. He was very good at his trade as an electrician and the fire department, and he was slow to anger, very calm, cool, collected, which is exactly what you want for a fire chief and he was willing to share his knowledge.”

Hill and his wife Pauline had three sons and a daughter, said Patterson, adding that Pauline passed away last fall.

Hill had undergone quintuple bypass surgery recently and spent a month-and-a-half in intensive care, said Patterson.

A celebration for Hill is being planned, possibly for next week.

This story has been updated with corrections added.

Just Posted

New transit service to connect Terrace with the Hazelton area

New transit services will start running on Nov. 20, 2017

Thornhill Boil Water Advisory rescinded

Residents are asked to flush their water pipes, clean coffee makers and other appliances

Contractors dig into construction of union office in Terrace

Traffic has been detoured on Kalum St. by Lazelle and Park Ave. for work on the BCGEU office

Baby bear captured on Kalum St.

Bear cub had been seen in area backyards for several days

Public asked to be on lookout for bear cub

Norhtern Lights Animal Shelter on its way here to capture baby bruin in Scott Avenue area.

Terrace River Kings overcome Williams Lake Stampeders 6-5

It was a back-and-forth game, played into second overtime before the team secured the win

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Most Read