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Community remembers fallen firefighter


MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Saturday community members said goodbye to a McCreary County firefighter.

Lieutenant Arlie 'Pooh' Hill died last weekend, nearly two months after suffering injuries after rushing into a burning home.

His visitation began at 10:00 Saturday morning at McCreary Central High School, followed by his funeral at 2:00.

The people who knew Lieutenant Arlie Hill, known as Pooh, say they're proud of his work as a firefighter, but what was most important to him was being a husband and a father.

"I think everybody's here with one goal in mind and that's to show support for a fallen brother."

Hills Chief says his funeral this afternoon was tough on his family, and the community he served. Hill had been a firefighter since 1999.

"We're saying farewell to a husband, a father, a son and a brother. Lt. Hill was a brother in the fire service but he was also a firm believer in strong family ties."

Hill was badly burned in August when he ran into a home that was on fire thinking there could be someone inside. He died October 27.

Those who knew him say he never missed an opportunity to make the people around him smile.

Now the people he worked with, and often made laugh, will do their best to help his wife and two children during the coming years.

Chief Miller says the Whitley City Fire Department is working on a plan to memorialize Hill, but he says he doesn't want to discuss those plans just yet.

Hill was buried at his family's cemetery in a private service.


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