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Thousands of mourners, including law enforcement from around the country, have paid their respects to a deputy U.S. marshal killed while serving a warrant.

The public memorial service was held Thursday for Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Hill’s co-workers accompanied his body while it was driven in a green military vehicle to the scene of the service. Mourners lined the motorcade route, and a large American flag was hoisted on a bridge along the way.

The 45-year-old Hill was shot to death Jan. 18.

Hill is a native of Sacramento, California, and attended Warrior Run High School in central Pennsylvania.

Hill’s colleagues who spoke at the service remembered him as a practical joker and told stories from his 11 years with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mourners said the service was all about the impact Hill had on so many people’s lives.

“He was the one that trained everybody how to do their entries, how to be tactically sound,” former Derry Township police chief Patrick O’Rourke said. “He was the guy that, the one speaker said, he always forced you to push the bar, but Chris was the bar. He was just the best of the best at what he did.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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