A McCreary County firefighter who suffered burns on 90% of his body in August has died.
Lt. Arlie Hil, known as "Pooh," was off duty when he and another off duty firefighter noticed a fire in their neighborhood. They believed a little girl was trapped inside, so Hill and Lt. Adam Stephen went inside to rescue her. It turned out no one was inside, but Hill became trapped by a flash over, and was rescued by Stephen.
Hill died Sunday at the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
"We're still trying to come to grips with it here just 24 hours later and it still doesn't feel like it's real. The reality has not set in on any of us yet," said Greg Bird, spokesman for the Whitley City Fire Department.
"It's just a total loss. He's family. Even though the community is not his personal family, he is everybody's family in this county," said Richard Snyder of Stern, Ky.
According to a release from the Whitley City Fire Department, Hill "fought bravely for these past two months, and served as an inspiration to us all."
The fire department and family are expressing thanks to the doctors and medical staff who worked with HIll, and for the support of the community and other firefighters.
Hill's body will be returned to Whitley City on Tuesday with full honors. A memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, at McCreary Central High School in Stearns, Kentucky. Family viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m., with public viewing to follow at 10:00 a.m. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. A private graveside service will take place that afternoon with family members and local firefighters attending.
Hill is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two children.
Donations for Lt. Hill's family are being accepted at the Bank of McCreary and any Fifth Third Bank. Contributions should be made into the "Arlie 'Pooh' Hill Fund".