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McCreary County firefighter to undergo surgery


McCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Since Arlie Hill was critically burned late Friday night, he's been recovering. He's even scheduled for surgery Tuesday, since his condition has been improving.

Hill is a Whitley City firefighter, known to his family and friends as "Pooh." He suffered burns to more than 90 percent of his body, after he and a fellow firefighter rushed into a burning house while they were off-duty.

That fellow firefighter is also Hill's brother-in-law, Adam Stephens. He was treated for burns to his arms and face, but Hill was flown to the University of Cincinnati burn unit.

Since Friday, a Facebook page called "Prayers for Pooh" has received attention from across the country. Stephens says he's known Hill since they were kids, and despite a couple of minor burns, he's fine. But emotionally, Stephens says that's where it'll take time for him to heal.

"He's an amazing person he really is, he's got no limitations. There's nothing he won't do. Everybody's met that person that, no matter how down you are, can make you feel better in two seconds. That's him," says Adam Stephens.

Over the last two days, Hill's oxygen levels have improved quicker than expected.

Tuesday, he's scheduled for surgery to remove some skin from his arms.


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