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Fundraisers set for McCreary firefighter Saturday

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s become a common saying in the tiny town of Whitley City in southern Kentucky: Pray for Pooh.

“It’s a testament to the bravery and dedication that all the volunteer firefighters have,” said Greg Bird, a spokesperson for the Whitley City Volunteer Fire Dept.

Since suffering burns to 90 percent of his body after running into a burning home on August 30th, Lt. Arlie Pooh Hill has been in critical condition at a Cincinnati Hospital. And his community has rallied around his cause.

“Medical costs are going to be incredibly high. Also the living expenses. He has a wife and two small children,” said Bird.

Already bank accounts have been started and more than 7,000 have “liked” the Prayers for Pooh Facebook page.But this weekend a car wash, silent auction, and benefit motorcycle ride are planned as fundraisers.

“Registration at 10, kickstands up at noon, they will ride 120 miles through three counties,” said Bird.

His family and fellow firefighters are staying by his side and the pray for Pooh battle cry is being heard in the queen city and beyond.

“The local Cincinnati Fire Departments, Ohio, Indiana, fire departments are bringing food, changes of clothing, paying for hotel bills,” said Bird.

The car wash starts at 10 Saturday morning at Advance Auto Parts, with a prayer vigil concluding the daylong activites at 6:30 at the fire department.


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