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Police Officer Dennis Earl Hill | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

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Dennis Earl Hill

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Sunday, August 28, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 118

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Dennis Hill was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a shots fired call.

As they approached the scene in the patty wagon, they pulled up next to the victim. The suspect was hiding in nearby bushes and immediately opened fire three times with a shotgun, striking Officer Hill in the head. Other officers responded to the "Officer Down" call and another shootout ended with one other officer being wounded, and the suspect being killed.

Officer Hill had served with the Des Moines Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, two young children, and his parents. His father also served with the Des Moines Police Department.

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Denny Hill was an outstanding Police Officer. Although, I never worked with him. I knew Cindy and Denny on a personal level before I became DMPD and continued to socialize with them.

I celebrate Denny's EOW each year on 28 August. I saw him on the 27 August - 3rd to 1st watch shift change and wished him luck. Obviously, I did not provide enough luck for him. I will never forget the Iowa Guard Helicopter Missing Man formation at your gravesite. I lost it when that happened.

My son who is a Federal Agent was named for Denny Hill (EOW 28 Aug 77) and Brian Melton (DMPD EOW 21 Apr 77).

I have been working in Washington, DC for past five years and have visited the National Law Enforcement Memorial multiple times to visit with Denny and Brian. I also volunteer at the Memorial during Police week.

Hopefully Cindy and their children have excelled in life following this senseless tragedy.

Denny Hill rest in peace - you are not forgotten. Your friend, Jim Hamilton.

LTC (R) James D. Hamilton
Former SPO Des Moines Police Dept (#588)
March 26, 2016


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