We all have friends, but have you ever asked yourself what exactly is a friend? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a friend is defined as someone who you like and enjoy being with; a person who helps or supports someone or something. A friend is someone who is attached to another by affection or esteem, one that is not hostile, and one who is a favored companion.
On November 7, 1975, one of the greatest friends a person could have was born into the world. Lt. Arlie Hill III, better known as “Pooh,” was born in Somerset, Kentucky, to Arlie Hill, Jr. and Ruth (Foster) Hill. On March 11, 2000, he was united in marriage to Sharen (Hamlin) Hill. Together they had two children, Arlie “Kyle” Hill and Taylor Grace Hill.
Pooh was a unique person who never met a stranger, but was always making a friend. He could turn anyone’s day around with a simple joke or remark. Those who knew him instantly loved him. Pooh made a career as a CNA for the Southfork Medical Clinic and volunteered for the Whitley City Fire Department for over 12 years. He enjoyed helping his community and was well known for being involved in helping those around him.
During his time with the fire department, Pooh was involved in several activities and received numerous training certificates as a first responder through both the fire department and EMS. Pooh was the guy in the crowd that just made life better. Many can recall the stress and pressure of training, and Pooh would immediately find the light of the situation, turning any bad time into a more relaxed one. He had pride about making others laugh by poking fun or teasing.
The people of McCreary County quickly learned Pooh’s sense of humor when he began working in the medical field through SouthFork, as well as McCreary EMS, when he was training to become an EMT. Patients recall their visits into the triage office where Pooh was the friendly face that made the experience one that everyone remembered. He thought if he wasn’t giving you a hard time and making you smile, he wasn’t doing his job.
Although he was a fantastic person within his community, Pooh’s pride and joy was within his home. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and his children. Pooh was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle with his kids. Pooh was a laid back person, never sweating the small stuff, but enjoying everything life had to offer. He was a simple man and content being who he was, a friend that we all miss and love dearly.