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KENTUCKY FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING SEARCH IN A DWELLING FIRE

     

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 burn unit.

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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We'll post funeral details as soon as they are available. Whitley City is located just west of I-75, near London and Corbin, north of the Tennessee line in Kentucky.



 


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