Cameron Hill, 7, dies after battling cancer; became best friends with Fair Grove firefighter

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Cameron Hill, 7, squirting the fire hose with Fair Grove Fire Department Lieutenant Jake Connor. The two were best friends. Cameron died on Saturday after a long battle with liver cancer. (WGHP-TV)

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A 7-year-old boy battling cancer who became best friends with a firefighter in Thomasville has died.

Cameron Hill died Saturday morning after battling an illness that could not be cured. When he was four years old, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Hill recently celebrated his seventh birthday and enjoyed spending time with his new best friend, Fair Grove Fire Department Lieutenant Jake Connor.

Connor and his fellow firefighters devoted much of their time to helping Cameron do everything on his bucket list.

They took Cameron to meet two of his favorite race car drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Bobby Labonte.

Connor and the firefighters also arranged to have Cameron go on a plane ride, ride in a fire truck and spray the fire hose.

They emptied out their firemen’s fund to help with his medical bills and are hosting a bike ride to benefit him.

All the firefighters agreed that Cameron Hill was one brave little fighter.

Visitation is planned for at 9 a.m. Monday at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. The service starts at 11 a.m., according to an online obituary.

“I think about him all the time. He’s a big part of my life. I want to do what I can while I can,” Connor told FOX8 in a previous story.


  • Kay Collins

    Prayers are with his family and friends. A huge THANK YOU to the firemen who made his last weeks and months happy ones doing his bucket list. As a sister of a brother who was a fireman (RIP), I know how much these men cared for Cameron. Firemen are a special breed and I am so happy that Cameron had the opportunity to be apart of their family. God bless you all!

  • BETH

    My deepest thanx and gratitude to the firemen that helped make the last days of this sweet little boys life exciting. My heart is so sadden 4 his sufferings and losing his life so young. LOVE AND HUGS TO HIS PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Sincerely, BETH

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