LONGMONT - A 32-year veteran of the Longmont Fire Department died while hiking in Hawaii. Lynn Wyatt Huff, 60, was hiking with his wife and friends when he slipped off a trail and fell 20 feet down a steep embankment. They had been vacationing on the island of Maui.

Huff retired two years ago as the division chief with the Longmont Fire Department. During his 32 year career in Longmont he played a key role in developing the department and mentoring firefighters.

"He was an incredible mentor to everybody that worked with him and the people he touched in the emergency service from police, fire dispatch and the wild land family," Rick VanderVelde, Assistant Chief of the Longmont Fire Department, said. "He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, co-worker and friend. His life was really built and set around serving others."

While Huff retired from the Longmont Fire Department two years ago, he continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter with the Rocky Mountain Fire District.

"He took care of us. You'd go on a call at 2 o'clock in the morning that had maybe a weird twist to it or sounded funny on the radio and you'd turn around and there was Chief Huff making sure we were all alright," VanderVelde said.

VanderVelde says he is grateful for the efforts made by the Maui Fire Department to rescue Chief Huff following the accident.

Arrangements for a memorial service for Chief Huff are pending.