Sunday, October 27, 2013
Its with deep personal regret that we pass on to you the
Line of Duty Death of Whitley City (KY) Fire Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh"
Hill III. He leaves behind his wife Sharen, a young son, daughter and numerous
family members and friends. He passed away at the University of Cincinnati Medical
Center Burn Unit within the last hour.
As you may recall, on Friday August 30th, Hill, 37, was
at the home of his neighbor and brother-in-law, Adam Stephens, around 2230
Hours when they noticed a fire down the road.
Both men (married to twin sisters) are Lieutenants with the Whitley City Fire
Department. They called it in and went to investigate. The fire was
located at the former residence of Allen Ball. As the Ball family was still in
the process of moving away, Lt's Hill and Stephens had good indications the
house was still occupied and feared that there might be
someone-specifically a young child that they knew-was possibly still in the
home. As they started to search the home, a “flashover” trapped Lt. Hill
in the living room and forced Lt. Stephens to the porch
floor. Stephens was able to heroically grab Hill and get him clear of the
burning house. While suffering burns to his face and arms, Stephens
immediately attended to "Pooh." While Lt. Stephens did not require
long term care, Lt. Hill had major burns covering over 90 percent of his body.
He was airlifted first to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, then to
the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he has remained in their
Lt Hill was one heck of a fighter-as we personally
witnessed. Since August 30th, when Dr's told the family there was no hope-they
remained hope full and held on to their deep faith in God. And while Lt Hill
has now tragically passed, their faith gave them that much more time with him.
Dozens upon dozens of Firefighters from the greater
Cincinnati/Ohio//Northern Kentucky area have been at the hospital since that
day supporting and assisting in every possible way. This allowed many of us to
get to close to the Hill and Stephens families/ friends, as well
as with Chief Tony Miller and his members of the WCFD - support
them through this truly "beyond difficult" journey.
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