Critically injured McCreary County firefighter gets support across Ky.

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A firefighter in McCreary County is receiving more support as he continues to fight for his life after being severely burned in a fire.

Arlie Hill has been receiving treatment in a Cincinnati hospital. He was burned August 30 after investigators say he rushed into a burning home while off duty, fearing someone was inside.

Encouraging mail to a critically injured firefighter is signed, sealed, and will be delivered to the University of Cincinnati's burn unit.

"We're sending 20 today, and we certainly hope to continue to send more," said Sarah Terry, with American Red Cross in Lexington. "We're trying to support the family and Arlie in any way that we can."

Volunteers and staff members at the American Red Cross in Lexington haven't even met the Whitley City Firefighter, Arlie Hill. Yet, they are still sending their support.

"It was super easy to get people to do these cards. Everybody wants to do their part," said Terry.

Their personalized cards make it seem like they know this firefighter.

"All of the cards are words of inspiration and hope," said Terry. "We even had some kids draw pictures of fire trucks and send them just wanting Arlie to know that we're all thinking of him and we're all pulling for him."

With him being in Cincinnati, people with the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross haven't been able to visit him, but some new faces did.

"We were able to have some of our Red Cross volunteers in Cincinnati go visit him at the hospital, so we were glad to be able to do that," said Terry.

Red Cross volunteers understand that Hill's road to recovery has just started. Last week his older brother, Brian Hill, expressed to us how much prayer and support have helped Hill's family get through this hard time.

"The prayer chains have to be helping. Something worked. The doctors said it couldn't get better, and it did," Brian Hill.

His brother also added that Hill remains in critical condition, with 90 percent of his body burned. And he's in a medically induced coma, but his oxygen levels have improved.

If you would like to make a card for this firefighter, the American Red Cross in Lexington says they will mail it for you. Just take it to their location on Newtown Pike.

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