Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Officer Lynneice Hill died in the line of duty on July 14 after suffering a medical emergency while at work.
According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, witnesses found the 44-year-old officer unresponsive in her patrol car in the 1800-block of South Columbus Boulevard at approximately 9 p.m., WPVI reported.
Officer Hill was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Commissioner Outlaw said.
The exact nature of the veteran officer’s fatal medical emergency was not immediately released.
Officer Hill served the PPD for 24 years, WPVI reported.
She was working as a school resource officer in the PPD’s 3rd District at the time of her death.
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President John McNesby said the longtime officer would be remembered for her dedicated service to the city and its residents.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the sudden passing of dedicated police officer, Lynneice Hill. Our friend and colleague served this city for 24 years with humility, distinction, and integrity,” McNesby said. “We pray for Officer Hill’s family, friends, and colleagues with the Philadelphia police department. The FOP will never forget her dedication and contributions to the police department and her community.”
Officer Hill leaves behind her husband, fellow PPD Officer Dennis Smith, as well as her three children, WPVI reported.
“She molded me into the man I am and, also, a better police officer,” Officer Smith told WTXF. “Her motivation and her kind heart – you have to pick up on it. You have no other choice.”
“She was a superstar,” he said. “She was a super woman with an incredible heart and incredible gift and her favorite two things were church and family.”
The couple would have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary next week, CBS News reported.
.@PhillyPolice Ofc. Lynneice Hill’s husband described her as a superstar who loved giving back and helping ppl. The 24-year veteran of the force was found unresponsive in her cruiser and died last night due to a medical emergency. Hear from her family at 11 on @CBSPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/a7ry3NN8ZJ
— Ryan Hughes (@HughesCBS3) July 16, 2023
— FOPLodge5 (@FOPLodge5) July 18, 2023
— FOPLodge5 (@FOPLodge5) July 15, 2023
RIP Officer Lynneice Hill. The 24 year veteran of the Philadelphia police department died yesterday after being found unresponsive in her patrol car. She suffered a medical emergency. She was 44. @6abc pic.twitter.com/tkFHN3q5pW
— Beccah Hendrickson (@Beccah6abc) July 15, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Philadelphia Police Department Officer Lynneice Hill, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.