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Procession for Ky Firefighter Who Died in Tri-State
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Sixty-one days ago, Kentucky firefighter Arlie "Pooh" Hill arrived in Cincinnati covered with severe burns. He died on Sunday.
Tuesday, firefighters from around the region gathered to honor his sacrifice and escort him on his final run home. Local 12's Tiffany Wilson has more on the procession.
Firefighters from around the region stood underneath a flag they never want to see flown. The purple and black cloth covers the coffins of firefighters killed in the line of duty.
It was raised in honor of Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill, a volunteer firefighter in the town of Whitley City, Kentucky near the Tennessee state line.
Although he served a community about 200 miles away, Cincinnati firefighters say he is part of the family. They showed that with a memorial service and sendoff, Hill's final run.
On August 30th, while at home with his family, Hill saw smoke from a neighbor's home. Thinking a girl might be trapped inside, he rushed in without the protection of his gear. The fire flashed-over and he sustained burns over 90 percent of his body.
He was transferred to the UC Medical Center. Cincinnati's fire chief says local firefighters kept constant vigil at the hospital.
Many northern Kentucky fire department members are gathering on I-75 overpasses to salute Lieutenant Hill's procession en route to Whitley City.
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