On Monday June 10th, Rio Verde Fire District Deputy Chief Eric Merrill’s life was celebrated at the Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria. Chief Merrill was tragically killed May 25th in an auto accident, 3 weeks after retiring from the Rio Verde Fire District. Chief Merrill was a EMS first responder for 40 years in Arizona, the last 15 years servicing the Rio Verde community. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Chief Merrill.