Ky. volunteer firefighter severely burned in rescue attempt

Ky. volunteer firefighter severely burned in rescue attempt

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Lt. Hill's fight for his life has now drawn thousands of people to a Facebook page titled "Prayers for Pooh." A candlelight vigil was held for him. The firefighting community in several states is helping the family. Lt. Hill's fight for his life has now drawn thousands of people to a Facebook page titled "Prayers for Pooh." A candlelight vigil was held for him. The firefighting community in several states is helping the family.
"Their first concern was if there's a child in there, we need to get the child out. So they rushed in without hesitating, to see if there was anyone they could save," said Greg Bird, spokesperson for the Whitley City Fire Department. "Their first concern was if there's a child in there, we need to get the child out. So they rushed in without hesitating, to see if there was anyone they could save," said Greg Bird, spokesperson for the Whitley City Fire Department.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (WATE) – A volunteer firefighter is fighting for his life after rushing into a burning home late last month, hoping to save the life of a child. It turns out the McCreary County home was empty when Lt. Arlie Hill became trapped inside.

Third degree burns cover his chest. He has second degree burns covering most of the rest of his body. He's been admitted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Burn Institute.

Lt. Hill, fondly nicknamed "Pooh," has a prosthetic leg. He went into the burning building with Lt. Adam Stephens.

Lt . Hill got trapped inside. By the time Lt. Stephens rescued him, he'd been severely burned.

"It was blazing, it was blazing," described Stella Tapley, who lives next door to the home that was destroyed.

"Their first concern was if there's a child in there, we need to get the child out. So they rushed in without hesitating, to see if there was anyone they could save," said Greg Bird, spokesperson for the Whitley City Fire Department.

Lt. Hill's fight for his life has now drawn thousands of people to the Facebook page Prayers for Pooh.

A candlelight vigil was held for him. The firefighting community in several states is helping the family.

"The whole thing has been very overwhelming. It was a very bad, and very critical condition for Hill," Bird said.

The incident is a reminder for folks, about the unsung heroes in their community.

"They are heroes. I will pray that he can pull through this," Tapley said.

"Reminds us how people like this risk their lives for no financial gain," Bird said.

The Whitley City Fire Department has started an account at the Bank of McCreary County to help with medical expenses. You can send Lt. Arlie Hill get well cards and gifts at Arlie Hill, University of Cincinnati Medical Burn Institute, 234 Goodman Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

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