Michael T. Hilliger

June 15, 202027 Comments

Captain II, Fire Station 20

Deceased:
June 15, 2020

Appointed:
05/13/1972

Pensioned:
02/04/1999 – FS 20

Services:
TBA

Donations:
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO:
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund
PO BOX 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Comments (27)

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  1. Dave Murray says:

    I met Mike in the mid 1970’s at old FS 3. He was a very good racket baller and a good guy. We studied at Weck Tech together for Captain and always had good conversations. At retirement dinners, Mike always approached and had a hand shake and a smile as we continued our friendly talk. He was a great guy. A good friend and always pleasant. He is missed. Thank you Mike. Rest peacefully.

  2. Richard Watters says:

    Just looking at e-mails and saw Mikes notice, to say I was shocked is putting it mildly. Although Mike and I never worked together, we worked in the same Battalion and on different shifts, and became good friends in retirement. One memory that stands out was a M/C ride with our wives to Newcombs Ranch on the Angeles Crest for lunch. We carpooled to the Museum several times for different events and talked on the phone just recently. Mike was one of the good guys and I will truly miss him.
    May you rest in peace Mike.

  3. Frank W, Borden says:

    We all need to thank Mike for his service to the City and to his service to the LAFD members and families as a Chaplain. R.I.P

  4. Jonathan Hilliger says:

    To all who knew my father, first and foremost, he was a man of great faith. He loved and feared our Lord Jesus Christ. That was how he led our family, Christ centered. He showed his faith through his life and was heavily involved with starting Firefighters for Christ. He was a chaplain for the LAFD for a long time and loved sharing the gospel to those he came in contact with. He was an amazing husband, father, brother, firefighter and thoroughly enjoyed telling stories of his job, which he was so passionate about. I will will always remember running around the different fire stations and on the fire engines. He was a first responder, which the world needs more of today. He was someone who put others first and cared about serving those in need. He instilled that passion in my siblings and I. I love you dad. Your watch has ended and I will take it from here. Your loving son, Jonathan.

    • Nick Pellegrini says:

      The Hilliger family
      I am sorry for your loss. Your dad was a huge inspiration to me. I remember him as THE FIREMAN on the block growing up as a kid. Later in life I became interested in this career, I saw your dad out front of your house, I pulled over and introduced myself to him. He remembered me from growing up in the neighborhood and immediately offered to help me prepare for the hiring process. I remember getting hired and calling him to let him know. I remember how genuinely happy he was for me.
      My hope is that this story gives you another example of that type of man your dad was.

  5. Joe Castro says:

    RIP Mike. Worked with him at FS 11, and had many memorable battles on the racquetball court. A great man.

  6. Robert McMaster says:

    Mike Hilliger was a good and caring friend for many years and he was a special comfort to the McMaster family at our time of personal loss. My condolences to
    Mike’s family. Thank you, Mike for your friendship. Rest in peace.

  7. Jack "Ed" Sandell says:

    I was never assigned to work with Mike. However, I was around him at events and emergencies for many years. He seemed like a quality guy. The amount of time/effort that he gave to fellow firefighters as chaplain…speaks to the quality of the man. Doing good deeds in the name of Jesus…is as good as it can get. A life well lived…Ed Sandell- Somis, Ca

  8. Frank Lima says:

    God Bless Mike and may perpetual light always shine upon him. Mike was a kind and competent man and Firefighter. RIP Brother Mike.

  9. Steve Skinner says:

    I also first met Mike at old 3’s in the 70’s, we were young then and horse play was in vogue, had a lot of laughs together, wonderful memories (i.e. the time he tried to emulate Aaron Pruitt’s jumping ability, let’s just say it didn’t quite work out for Mike, brought down the house though and the cream flowed), stayed in touch with Mike throughout the years, he loved the job and did a lot for the troops, a good man. ps put in a good word for me with the lord, I know that you were welcomed with open arms but I need a little more help.

  10. Sonny Garrido says:

    R.I.P. Mike. It was a pleasure and an honor knowing you.
    Thank you for your service.

  11. Edmund gomez says:

    Mike I’m very sorry for your family, I was his last autofireman to drive him we had many laughs in the front seats he loved the crews on all 3 shifts he was always there for anyone who needed guidance. It hurts to hear of your passing but I feel so fortunate to not only to know you but also to have worked with you, thank you

  12. Kevin Smith (Chaplain) says:

    I am a Chaplain for LAFD. And I met Mike at a memorial service I was proceeding over (my first LAFD service). He introduced himself to me and offered to pray for me before the service began. He also shared some words of encouragement. I could see and feel his pride for the LAFD and the Chaplaincy. We had never met before, but he has made lasting impression on me. God bless his family and we will see each other again in glory.

  13. Fr. Chris Van Liefde says:

    I first met Mike at Fire Station 11 when I was appointed department chaplain in 1980. A few years later, he was appointed Senior Chaplain and became my “Boss”. We spent many hours sharing our faith in the Lord and our vision of what the chaplain service should be. We worked together on many memorial services and funerals trying to give comfort and courage to our department family. He was truly a man of God, and a blessing to me. My love and prayers to the family. He’s finally home.

    Fr. Chris Van Liefde

  14. CapnHawk says:

    The passing of Mike is a genuine shock. I knew Mike my entire career and he always conducted himself as a gentleman, as well as a competent fireman and fire officer. He served the LAFD with great faith, courage, and conviction. Godspeed, Mike, and condolences to his family.

  15. Ed Tapia says:

    Wow what a surprise when I saw this. The first time I met Mike was when I was a rookie and he drove a sedan as the Chaplin. I would tease him and call it the Pope Mobile and he would laugh. Every time we met he would always bring up how I cooked him quiche for lunch one day and wanted my recipe. I was glad to see him at my retirement and anytime after that. My condolences to the family my heart goes out to them. May he Rest In Peace and we all know he is with the Lord now and we can be happy for him.

  16. there was none better than Mike, RIP may god bless you and your family

  17. Greg Stoever says:

    I first met Mike in 1984 in the context of ministry at Grace Community Church, where he served as an elder (in the midst of his career with LAFD). He and Carrie faithfully showed Christ’s great love, hospitality and kindness to me from that time on. They’ve welcomed me in their home many times, including a few nights last summer during a visit to L.A. I’m grateful to God for Mike’s interest in and influence on me as a Christian man, husband, father and pastor. Our years serving together in high school ministry at GCC (1985-1990) created many deep bonds, crazy laughs and indelible memories. In the best way possible, I don’t know anyone who could talk my ear off quite like Mike! Though I’ll greatly miss him, I rejoice in knowing Mike’s faith in Jesus has now become sight. Praying for God’s strong comfort and care for Mike’s precious wife, children and grandchildren. Even as they grieve, may they know the fullness of hope found only in Christ – 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

  18. Greg Stoever says:

    I first met Mike in 1984 in the context of ministry at Grace Community Church, where he served as an elder. He and Carrie faithfully showed Christ’s great love, hospitality and kindness to me from that time on. They’ve welcomed me in their home many times, including a few nights last summer during a visit to L.A. I’m grateful to God for Mike’s interest in and influence on me as a Christian man, husband, father and pastor. Our years serving together in high school ministry at GCC (1985-1990) created many deep bonds, crazy laughs and indelible memories. In the best way possible, I don’t know anyone who could talk my ear off quite like Mike! Though I’ll greatly miss him, I rejoice in knowing Mike’s faith in Jesus has now become sight. Praying for God’s strong comfort and care for Mike’s precious wife, children and grandchildren. Even as they grieve, may they know the fullness of hope found only in Christ – 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

  19. Michael Fulmis says:

    I first met Mike when he was a new A/O at Fire Station 20. We became fast friends both on and off duty. I was with him at the ski trip to Overton when Josh was born. We still hang the Christmas ornament that Mike gave us of Josh on our Christmas tree each each year. Mike also honored us by being the minister at our son’s wedding. Mike you will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to Carrie and the rest of their family.

  20. Mike McMaster says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Mike Hilliger’s passing. He was and continues to be a great man. Mike was always there to comfort and encourage in times of need. My family was a beneficiary of his kindness in our time of sorrow. Mike Loved Jesus! He spent his life serving and worshiping Him. Of all the titles that Mike wore in his life here on earth, the most precious to him was “Christian”. There is no doubt where Mike Hilliger is right now. Although we will miss him until we see him again, Mike is in paradise in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ! Seeing his God not in a mirror dimly but face to face.

  21. David J Raya says:

    Another Giant of the LAFD belongs to the ages! I met Mike at 11’s at my first house out of drill tower. Working on Rescue 11 with the likes of Bill Cone,Anthony Fiori,Herk Borderman,Bud Creath and Mike they all kept us on our toes. Many a Monday l would hear from at least one of them “did you complete your Monday checks”! During my career we’d see each other, he always stopped for a friendly chat.Heaven has another great firefighter. RIP Mike!

  22. Bob DeFeo says:

    A true man of God. Selfless, caring and always ready to help those in need.

  23. Rick Erquiaga says:

    I crossed paths with Mike many times in his service as an LAFD Chaplin and his commitment to establish Firefighter’s for Christ with John White on the LAFD and Internationally. Mike always Demonstrated his Care, Commitment, Concern and Love for God to Others in his words and actions. I noticed even on the day before God called him home, Mike extended God’s Comfort in Scripture to Chief Bisson’s Family (2 Corinthians 1: 3-7). Kathy and I were Married at Grace Community Church in 1980 were Mike served as an Elder. I always seemed to be walking a path where Mike had already been both on and off the job. Mike, Thank You, for your Faithful Service to God, and Others. My condolences to the Hilliger Family.
    Rick Erquiaga

  24. Mark Akahoshi says:

    During the early 1980’s, I worked with Mike at FS 11 as a member of the “Coneheads”. He was an Outstanding Engineer and took all of the young Firemen under his wing and certified us as acting Engineers. Tony Fiori, Pat Perry, Mike, and myself would gather in the front office after Engine Only runs and talk and listen to old time rock and roll. Mike and Capt. Fiori would battle on naming the title of the songs. He made FS 11 a fun time and a lot of great memorIes. Mike was a great man of faith and loved his family. He will be missed.

    Mark Akahoshi

  25. Don Manning says:

    Mike was a very special man…a man of God who inspired all who met him. I know that Mike’s work was completed here on earth and God called him home. All who met Mike came away a better person. Mike was special to my family and me.

    Rest in peace Mike your work here is done.

  26. daryl bennett says:

    Mike Hilliger one of the great people I had the pleasure of working with at fs 20. I will always remember the times out drilling with him on truck 20. such good times. RIP MIke. I’m not sure if he ever forgave me for not making it to his retirement dinner. He would always remind me of how disappointed he was whenever I would see him. For he is a man of god it’s probably safe to say he did. To the family Mike will always be at the heart of my LAFD experience. Thanks for sharing him with us.

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