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Community rallies around injured firefighter

McCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A southern Kentucky firefighter continues to fight to survive after risking his life to save the lives of others, and now his community is coming together to raise money for his cause.

Lieutenant Arlie Hill suffered burns to 90 percent of his body when he ran into a burning home trying to save lives.

A prayer vigil was held Saturday night at the Whitley County Fire Department. WKYT's Jordan Vilines attended the emotional vigil:

A small city filled full of folks with big hearts, folks who come together in times of triumph and more recently times of tragedy.

Just two weeks ago, Whitley City Firefighter Arlie Hill was critically injured in a house fire.

Jeffery Wilson attended Saturday's vigil and says, "I wanted to be able to do what I could to help him and his family to support them because this is just tragic."

And on Saturday, his community held a vigil at the fire department so they could show their support and pray for their friend who they lovingly refer to as "Pooh."

Lonnie Brown says, "I've known Pooh all my life and it has touched my heart to have this many people help me do this."

The outpouring of support certainly didn't stop at the vigil, there was also a silent auction, car wash and 105 mile bike ride.

Brown organized the bike ride. He says, "There were certain times we looked back during the bike ride and there were tears coming out of bike riders' eyes. It meant a lot."

Friends and family hope that events like the ones held on Saturday will help Hill's family known that they're still thinking and praying for Hill from hundreds of miles away.

"Anytime a tragedy like this happens the community comes together, but I didn't imagine it to get as big as it is."

Now, folks in the small city say all there is left to do is pray and wait for their hero, Arlie Hill, to come back home.

Hill remains in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital.

All of the money raised during Saturday's events will go to Arlie Hill's family.


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