Kentucky town remembers fallen firefighter

Kentucky town remembers fallen firefighter

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Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill (source: Facebook) Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill (source: Facebook)
A message put on the local grocery store sign symbolizes what many people in Whitley City are thinking. A message put on the local grocery store sign symbolizes what many people in Whitley City are thinking.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the full honor guard and procession of more than 50 emergency vehicles from all across the county arrived in Whitley City. Shortly after 2 p.m., the full honor guard and procession of more than 50 emergency vehicles from all across the county arrived in Whitley City.
When the ambulance carrying Lt Hill's body reached the Whitley City Fire Department, all of the volunteer firefighters gathered in front and walked the remainder of the way to the funeral home. When the ambulance carrying Lt Hill's body reached the Whitley City Fire Department, all of the volunteer firefighters gathered in front and walked the remainder of the way to the funeral home.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

WHITLEY CITY, Ky (WATE) - A Kentucky firefighter who died after being severely burned while battling a house fire over the summer was honored by the community Tuesday as his body was brought home.

Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill of the Whitley City Fire Department passed away over the weekend at a Cincinnati hospital. He had been receiving treatment for his injuries there.

He ran into a burning home in August hoping to save a child. Hill became trapped inside and suffered third and second degree burns. 

His body was transported back to Whitley City Tuesday. There the community came together to honor their fallen hero.

A message put on the local grocery store sign symbolized what many people in Whitley City were thinking.

"We just wanted to let the community know we appreciated his sacrifice," said Pat Johnson, IGA Market Street manager.

Hundreds of people gathered on Highway 27 in town waiting for Hill's body to return.

"Pooh was very much loved in the community anyway, and he was the kind of person who would do what he did and it wasn't surprising to us," said Nina Bradley.

Even the McCreary County Courthouse was shut down so everyone could line the highway for his return.

"Our first responders in this community, like any other community, they are a very important part of who we are these are all people that volunteer their time for our community, so at least we can do this to be there and support them, " said Doug Stephens, county judge executive.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the full honor guard and procession of more than 50 emergency vehicles from all across the county arrived in Whitley City.

When the ambulance carrying Lt Hill's body reached the Whitley City Fire Department, all of the volunteer firefighters gathered in front and walked the remainder of the way to the funeral home.

"It's a very sad situation, but it's heart warming to see people come together and to pay their respects to one of their own," said fire department spokesman Greg Bird.

Everyone who knew Lt. Hill says he will never be forgotten in Whitley City.

"He's going to be remembered as a very friendly, fun loving guy, a wonderful father, a great husband, but also a great firefighter," said Bird.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at McCreary Central High School.A public viewing begins at 10 a.m. with services at 2 p.m.

A private graveside service will take place that afternoon.

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