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Funeral for Sycamore Township firefighter James Michael Hill scheduled for Monday

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- One week after the death of a Sycamore Township firefighter, his former colleagues and loved ones are set to remember him as a "wonderful friend and dedicated family man."

Funeral services will be held Monday for Lt. James Michael Hill, a 25-year veteran of the fire service.

"It is very difficult for us at this point in time, but we are managing through it,”Sycamore Township Fire Chief Perry Gerome said. "We have been talking about the facts because it was so sudden."

Gerome says Hill passed away in his sleep Tuesday morning from what is believed to be a sudden cardiac event.

While he was at home at the time, his death is considered “in the line of duty” because his death occurred within 24 hours of his last shift, according to Gerome.

The people behind the Ohio section of the website FirefighterCloseCalls.com called Hill a “firefighter’s firefighter” in one of their recent updates.

“We had the privilege of working with Lt Hill on numerous occasions over many years. He truly loved being a firefighter and in addition to his love for family and friends, one of his greatest joys was making the runs and taking care of those in need. A ‘firefighters firefighter’ as is said, his dedication, leadership and love for the job will sorely be missed. Our deep condolences go out to his family, friends and the members of STFD in the loss of Lt Hill. RIP.”

A visitation will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city of Reading Field House on West Street. The funeral service will follow.

A reception in Hill's honor will take place at Foley's after the service.

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