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Walking to honor fallen firefighters

By Lizzy Donker, BCN intern.

Tom Hill is also known as “Bull” where he’s from. A retired firefighter for Orange County Fire Rescue in Central Florida, Bull has walked close to 3,000 miles now for firemen who have passed. He came up Highway 17 and made a stop in Richmond Hill on Saturday, and said for the 33 years he was a fireman, there was no help for families who lost firefighters due to cancer, and that’s why he’s walking to Charleston now.

The walks began with a walk that started at mile marker zero in Key West Florida, and close to 50 days later he walked up the Florida capitol steps carrying 74 items from firefighters who have passed. Bull and his fellow walkers now have over 1,500 items, including helmet shields that were the only thing recovered of firefighters who died in 9/11. They have ashes, even sobriety coins.

To him, the most amazing thing is that “everyone who has walked, as skeptical or hardcore as they are, they get changed.”

Bull said the families of firefighters often feel left out after they lose a loved one; life goes on for a lot of people but it’s very hard for them.

“We do these walks not only to honor the firefighters but to help the families heal,” Bull said. And as Bull recently passed through Richmond Hill to honor firemen Michael Curry, Jimmy Perez, and Mark Hummeldorf, he did just that, honoring heroic firemen who have passed and helping their families heal.


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