McCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Since Arlie Hill was critically burned late Friday night, he's been recovering, hours from home in an unfamiliar place, but the sense of community has come right along with him.
HIll, a Whitley City Firefighter, known to his family and friends as "Pooh", has burns over 90% of his body. He and his brother-in-law and fellow firefighter, Adam Stephens, rushed into a burning house Friday night while off-duty. Stephens was treated for burns to his arms and face, but Hill had to flown to the University of Cincinnati burn unit.
"Tells you what kind of man he is. He's a hard worker and he gives to his community," says Brian Hill, Arlie's brother.
Brian Hill and his family are keeping vigil over him, four hours away from their McCreary County home, but they've discovered they have family everywhere.
"It's all this brotherhood of firefighters. I lifted my head up off the table and there's four dozen Dunkin' Donuts and two gallons of coffee. Last night, this page went up on Facebook, Prayers for Pooh. Just overwhelming. Thousands of people are on there. I've seen people from California, Hawaii, Canada," Brian Hill tells WKYT.
Brian Hill says the news from doctors hasn't been good, but his little brother, Pooh has surprised them.
"They come in and tell us, well, his oxygen levels are better when they weren't supposed to be able to get better to start with."
Now, the family is hoping continued prayers will bring their firefighter home safe.
"The main thing right now is for everybody to keep praying. The prayers chains have to be helping. Something worked. The doctors said it couldn't get better and it did," says Brian Hill.
The Hill family is looking into creating a benefit fund. As soon as we get that information, we'll pass it along.