Funeral held for Whitley City firefighter Arlie "Pooh" Hill

Funeral held for Whitley City firefighter Arlie "Pooh" Hill

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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.
A large United States flag was hoisted up by a Whitley City fire department truck at the entrance of high school Saturday to honor Lt. Arlie "Pooh" Hill who was killed on duty. A large United States flag was hoisted up by a Whitley City fire department truck at the entrance of high school Saturday to honor Lt. Arlie "Pooh" Hill who was killed on duty.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

WHITLEY CITY, KY. (WATE) - A Kentucky firefighter was remembered Saturday for giving his life while trying to save another.

Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill of the Whitley City Fire Department passed away last weekend at a Cincinnati hospital.     

He had been receiving treatment for his injuries there.

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

His body was transported back to Whitley City on Tuesday, and Saturday his funeral was held at McCreary County Central High School.

A large United States flag was hoisted up by a Whitley City fire department truck at the entrance of high school.     

Cameras were not allowed in the service Saturday, but those who knew Lieutenant Hill say he would not want all the attention.

"I think if he were here he might say what are all these people doing here for me?" said Kentucky fire commission executive director Ronnie Day.    

Even though Lieutenant Hill is being remember as a firefighter, the fire chief says he was much more than that.

"First and foremost we need to realize we are saying farewell to a husband, father, a son, a brother," said Whitley City fire chief Tony Miller.    

The support for Lieutenant Hill could be seen on Tuesday when his body was returned from Ohio.     

Hundreds of people lined the streets, and more than 50 emergency vehicles, from all around the state, escorted him back home.      

"Fire departments in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, their support has been tremendous," said Chief Miller, "Words can't explain it."   

So as the community says goodbye to a hero, the healing process is just beginning.

"It's hit everyone in this community and this is something that won't end today," said Day. "This fire department will deal with this, the community will deal with it, the family. The good that has come out of this is that the fire service just got a whole big family that they realize they had, but they didn't know how strong they were."

Lieutenant Hill had been with the department since 1999. He leaves behind a wife and two children.     

His death was the first on the job fatality in the department's 50 year history.

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