Park City firefighters, citizens honor Chief Paul Hewitt, who died Friday in an Oregon accident

Park City firefighters and citizen held a memorial "welcome home" tribute for Chief Paul Hewitt, who died on July 23, 2021, days after a UTV accident in Oregon. Photos: Park City Fire Department

PARK CITY, Utah, July 27, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Park City Fire District has offered thanks to the firefighters and Park City citizens who showed up for a “welcome home” tribute for Fire Chief Paul Hewitt, who died Friday in Oregon while on vacation with his family.

Another memorial is scheduled for Thursday.

“Thank you to all who helped with the escort and those that showed support for the family along the way,” a PCFD Facebook post on the first tribute says, adding “#respect #thankyou #family.”

Residents shared sentiments as comments.

“Thank you all for your service to your Chief and most importantly to your community. My heart is with each member and family of the PCFD,” one says.

“What a great tribute to a wonderful man who died way too young. I’m so sorry,” says another.

“Love and strength in such a difficult situation,” wrote a third of the more than two dozen who shared comments. “He would of been so proud!”

“OMG!!! I am completely heartbroken,” wrote a fourth. “I had spoken to him just before he left as I was heading out of town and am just now finding out about his passing. Absolutely crushed. A great man and even greater neighborhood friend.”

Photo: Park City Fire District

The Park City Fire District posted news of Hewitt’s death on 23.

“Chief Hewitt passed away Friday in Eugene, Oregon, hospital, four days after being critically injured in a UTV accident. Chief Hewitt was on vacation with his family at the time of the accident.

“Chief Hewitt spent 20 years with the Salt Lake City Fire Department before being appointed Park City Fire Chief in February 2011 where he served with great dedication. He set an example of true leadership and touched so many with his genuine personality and compassion for others. He will be greatly missed by the Park City Fire Department family.”

The department plans a larger memorial service, open to the public and all who care to attend, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City.

 

 

Photo: Park City Fire District

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