The retired U.S. Marshal’s high school football jersey



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LEWIS TOWNSHIP, Pa. – For the first time ever, the Warrior Run school district near Turbotville is removing an athletic jersey. This jersey belongs …

LEWIS TOWNSHIP, Pa. – For the first time ever, the Warrior Run school district near Turbotville is removing an athletic jersey.

This jersey belonged to a former US Marshal who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

Deputy US Marshal Chris Hill was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in Harrisburg in January.

Hill grew up in Allenwood and graduated in 1990 from Warrior Run High School near Turbotville. He played football for school.

When Hill died, some of his friends and former teammates wanted to do something to honor him. Buddy Johnson contacted Warrior Run High School.

“The only question was how are we going to do this? They welcomed us with open arms,” Johnson said.

Johnson and Justin Blakeney were close friends with Hill on and off the pitch. When it was decided that Hill’s soccer jersey would be removed in the school’s first home game, the two met with the soccer players.

“We provided them with helmet stickers, number 32. We personally told them about Chris so they knew who Chris was,” said Blakeney.

Before the game, there was a high school assembly to talk to the students about Hill.

“It’s really great. I’m a little upset that I’m not seeing the ceremony because I’ll be in the locker room, but it’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be like our Super Bowl today,” said Austin Hampton Sr.

According to school officials, a jersey has never been removed from the Warrior Run School District.

“Chris’ legacy will live on in this building and on these fields and, hopefully, in the minds of these children forever,” Johnson added.

Friends describe Hill as humble.

“He’d probably say, ‘Guys stop it, you don’t have to do this,’” Blakeney said.

Even so, friends believe it would mean the world to the fallen US Marshal.

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