Photo: Fallen Firefighter Returns Home, Procession Runs Down I-75
A southern Kentucky firefighter is on his way home after passing away at University of Cincinnati Medical Center from injuries suffered in late August.
Whitley City Fire Lt. Arlie "Pooh" Hill, 37, experienced third degree burns on more than ninety percent of his body after responding to a fire on August 30.
Lt. Hill was not on duty at the time of the incident. He and his brother-in-law, fellow Whitley City Fire Lieutenant Adam Stephens bravely rushed into their neighbor's home that was on fire. Lt. Hill and Lt. Stephens feared their neighbors with a small child were stuck inside of the home.
As they started to search, a "flashover" trapped Lt. Hill in the living room and forced Lt. Stephens to the porch floor. Lt. Stephens was able to recover and re-enter the home to retrieve Lt. Hill. Lt. Hill was airlifted first to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and then to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remained in the Burn Unit until his death on Sunday.
Hill is survived by his wife Sharen, son Kyle, 13, and daughter, Grace, 4.
Hill's body was picked up Tuesday morning from a funeral home in Norwood and was escorted by a fire engine from Whitley to Cincinnati Fire Headquarters on Central Avenue.
Fire chiefs from Whitley City, Cincinnati, Alexandria, and Springfield Township talked to the media about Hill's death on Tuesday morning.
Hill's procession back home then left Cincinnati and entered Northern Kentucky on Interstate 75 where the image above captured local firefighters atop Kyles Lane offering their support.
The procession will exit I-75 at Mt. Vernon and then Route 461 to Route 80 and then finally US 27 to Whitley City.
Emergency responders will line the path of the procession throughout the journey.