Memorial parade drives to school where Tiffany Hill was murdered


New law named for Hill aimed at preventing similar future tragedies

VANCOUVER — After over seven months, the memory of that day still sticks in the minds of those that were there. 

Staff and faculty of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School pose for a photo with a memorial mural of Tiffany Hill. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Staff and faculty of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School pose for a photo with a memorial mural of Tiffany Hill. Photo by Jacob Granneman
An undated profile photo from Tiffany Hill’s Facebook page. Hill was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Nov. 26 in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Hazel Dell.
An undated profile photo from Tiffany Hill’s Facebook page.

In November of 2019, the estranged husband of Tiffany Hill, a mother of three, shot and killed his wife and injured his mother-in-law in the parking lot of his children’s school — Sarah J. Anderson Elementary.

First responders raced to the scene, and quickly evacuated Hill and her mother to the hospital, but it was too late. Her husband, after fleeing the scene, engaged law enforcement in a car chase before committing suicide on the side of the road. 

Since that horrific day, lawmakers in the state’s capital have voted into law the Tiffany Hill Act, which puts in place a system that gives a warning via phone, when a person whom one has a restraining order against gets too close. 

Had this technology been in place in November, Hill may still be alive.

Members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 6 and C-TRAN drove a memorial procession from Hazel Dell to the school where Tiffany Hill was murdered. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 6 and C-TRAN drove a memorial procession from Hazel Dell to the school where Tiffany Hill was murdered. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Sen. Lynda Wilson (R) initiated the bill and visited Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School with members of Fire District 6, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and C-TRAN, yesterday evening. They came to remember Hill and say ‘thank you’ to the many educators who jumped into action on that day. 

“Thank you for everything that you’ve done for our community, the way you represent our county, as a community to take care of our children. What you did on that terrible day to jump in and help out and take care of those kids, I mean, it’s very touching to us,” said Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins. “This is just a little way that we can say ‘thank you’ to you. I just wish there was so much more we could do.” 

The Hazel Dell Business Association, in partnership with Sen. Wilson’s office and Clark County Fire District 6, hosted the drive-by event. 

“You guys are just an amazing community,” Sen. Wilson said. “I wasn’t sure how it was gonna feel when I came. It’s very emotional. I don’t know how you guys handle this. I just want to thank you all. We knew that we needed a hero to get this bill through, and Tiffany will always be our hero for that. She was a strong woman. This is such a great way to honor her.”

During the event, Sen. Lynda Wilson and Sheriff Chuck Atkins shared a few words on the new Tiffany Hill Act. Photo by Jacob Granneman
During the event, Sen. Lynda Wilson and Sheriff Chuck Atkins shared a few words on the new Tiffany Hill Act. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Teachers and staff members from the school joined the event, many proudly wearing matching shirts with the words “Anderson Strong’’ across the front. 

“People outside the community and  people who don’t interact with them on a daily basis, this was a really different situation,” one administrator said. “Because in times of crisis, you see where people’s hearts are. These guys, their hearts were there.”

About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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