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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KY

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 87th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill, III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Whitley City Fire Department

Arlie "Pooh" Hill III

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 14

Date of Incident: 08/30/2013
Time of Incident: 2230hrs
Date of Death: 10/27/2013

Fire Department: Whitley City Fire Department
Address: PO Box 485, N 27 LN, Whitley City, KY 42653
Fire Department Chief: Tony Miller

Incident Description: Lieutenant Hill and his brother-in-law, Lt. Adam Stephens who is also a firefighter with Whitley City Fire Department, witnessed a fire in a residence near Hill’s home. After reporting the fire to which their fire department also responded, the two initiated a search of the home. While inside the structure, the firefighters were caught by rapid fire progress and injured. Stephens suffered fewer injuries and was able to rescue Hill from the burning home. Lieutenant Hill succumbed to his injuries, severe burns, after nearly two months in the hospital.

Incident Location: Water Plant Road

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill III at

To date, 87 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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