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RED BANK: FIREFIGHTER’S FUNERAL SET

andrew-hill-053118-1-500x375-5680881A tribute marks the place on Tilton Avenue where Andrew Hill was found stabbed early Sunday. He died a short while later at Riverview Medical Center. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank emergency personnel are planning a white-glove sendoff for one of their own next week.

Volunteer firefighter and first-aider Andrew Hill, 26, died early Sunday, shortly after he was stabbed on Tilton Avenue at the corner of Bank Street, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

andrew-hill-fb-051718-500x500-4461541Andrew Hill sported a Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps t-shirt in a recent photo on his Facebook page; he was an alumnus of the Morris County-based organization. (Click to enlarge.)

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at the Calvary Baptist Church on Bridge Avenue, where Hill was a congregant.

Here’s the schedule of services, according to fire Chief Stu Jensen:

9 to 11 a.m.: Viewing

9:30 to 10 a.m.: Fire department service

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Funeral

1 p.m.: Procession to Monmouth Memorial Park in Tinton Falls for interment

A repast at Westside Hose Company is scheduled to close out the day.

On Thursday, a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for Hill’s funeral exceed its $10,000 target. By early Friday, 224 donors had contributed close to $12,000.

According to that page, Hill is survived by his mother, Tanydalaya L. Hughes; his father, Harlen Hill Sr.; his sister, Jazsmine Hill; his grandmother, Valerie L. Hughes; his aunt, Kimbeir L. Hughes-Bowman; and his cousin, Brianne Bowman. Andrew was also a part of the Maccanico and the Hill families, the page reported.

Hill was a lieutenant out of Westside H0se, the Leighton Avenue firehouse located across the street from one of his boyhood homes. Hill was also a member of the volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad and the Sea Bright fire department.

he was employed as a security guard at Bayshore Medical Center in Hazlet.

Red Bank resident Demar S. Reevey, 23, is in custody, charged with first-degree murder and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. At a hearing earlier this week, Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Martha Nye told Superior Court Judge David Bauman that Reevey stabbed Hill in the chest with a “sharp instrument,” according to a report by the Asbury Park Press. A bail hearing was scheduled for Friday morning.

Authorities have not disclosed information about the circumstances of Hill’s death. Investigators returned to the scene of the stabbing Thursday morning, a neighbor told redbankgreen.

A roadside memorial has been created near the spot where Hill was found lying in the road early Sunday. Mixed in among handwritten notes, photos and flowers: a Westside Hose Company t-shirt and a drumstick, denoting Hill’s love of drumming.

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