The late Richardson Fire Captain Stephen Hill

The late Richardson Fire Captain Stephen Hill, who died in the line of duty due to occupational cancer in 2020, will be honored this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park in Emmitsburg, Maryland, part of the 40th Annual National Firefighters Memorial Weekend Oct. 2-3. Hill’s name will be among the names of 215 firefighters added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.

The weekend includes two services at the Memorial—a Saturday evening candlelight service and a Sunday morning memorial service. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present each Fire Hero Family with an American flag flown over the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the U.S. Capitol. (Both services can be watched live and via video at

In addition, communities across the U.S. will light up landmarks in red Saturday night as part of the Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters program. At Richardson’s Fire Headquarters, the art piece “Insignia Lattice,” and Station 3’s art piece “Flow,” will glow red in honor of Captain Hill and all the fallen firefighters. Churches are encouraged to ring bells Sunday morning as part of the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters program.