Hotels accepting room donations for deputy marshal's funeral

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Officers are coming from across the country to honor a U.S. marshal gone too soon. Local law enforcement families want to help those traveling to pay their respects to Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill.

"To be able to pay it forward means the world," said Katie Ibberson, who helped organize the effort and is married to the Swatara Township fire chief. "To experience a line of duty death is something one should never have to suffer."

Hill was shot and killed Thursday while serving an arrest warrant in Harrisburg.

Now, certain Midstate hotels are accepting donations and offering discounted rates for officers traveling to Hill's funeral.

Kara Johnsen, who also put together the effort, says your help is needed.

"If you want to donate more than one night's stay, you're more than welcome to," said Johnsen. "You're also going to be offered the discounted rate that the police officers would be paying for."

If you want to take part, you can call and ask for the front desk (not reservations). Donations are anonymous.

This all got started by a Facebook group of wives and police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, and EMS who want to pay it forward.

"We started out with maybe just 200 of just our friends that we knew personally through just our husbands and in about 36 hours, it's grown to about 1,200 women," said Johnsen.

That group also plans to help the Hill family in other ways, like preparing meals.

"To have the opportunity to have our community to welcome in visiting officers is a really great feeling," said Ibberson.

"To know that we can do that for the Hill's gratifying to everybody that can help out," said Johnsen.

Click here for a link to information about the participating hotels.

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