MLK Day Celebration

The 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was held Monday evening in downtown London, although in a scaled-down version due to the pandemic. The celebration featured a drive-thru pancake breakfast, a march down Main Street and a virtual reading of King’s “I have a dream” speech at the London Community Center. The virtual gathering allowed people from across the state to honor Dr. King through a keynote speech and a live virtual reading of his most-famous speech.

London Police 2020 Awards

Chief Darrel Kilburn presented 2020 awards at the London City Council meeting on Monday evening. City Safety Officer Rick Cochrane received the Certificate of AppreciationOfficer Drew Jackson received Officer of the Year. Sgt. Travis Couch received Supervisor of the Year.

“I greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication that each of these men gave to the London Police Department and to this community in 2020. I also greatly appreciate all the men and women at the London Police Department that have served so admirably this past year. We are thankful for the support of our community and the kindness they continually give to us. God Bless,” Kilburn said.

A Wintry London Downtown

The City of London received snowfall just in time for a white Christmas. The roadways became hazardous and the Hal Rogers Parkway was shut down for a period of time. There were no major accidents reported within London’s City limits. The roads were cleared during Christmas Day and the snow melted over the weekend. Warmer temperatures are ahead this week heading towards the New Year.

London Fire 2020 Awards

The London Fire Department presented their end of year awards to members Thursday evening.

The Ernest L. Clark Senior Officer Award was presented to Asst. Chief Donnie Hale and FF Curtis Goss received the Firefighter of the Year Award.Firefighters honored for their years of service to the Department were Deputy Chief Wilson Rawlings for 65 years of service, Asst. Chief Richard Jackson for 30 years of service, Deputy Chief Tony Brown for 30 years of service, and Firefighter Will Broughton for 10 years of service.

Newly appointed 2020 Officers included Asst. Chief Juh-Rawn Napier, Capt. Darren Wyatt, Capt. Scottie Weaver, Lt. Drew Allen, Lt. Zack Johns, and Lt. Ricky George.

2020 Member Certificates were awarded to FF Patty Gooden, FF Bryan Johnson, Support Member Katie Johnson, FF Daniel Gooden, FF Stephen Zawko, FF John Dampier, Support Member Taylor Harris, FF John Davidson, and FF Tiffany Smith.

Lois Clark was also honored with a gift to commemorate past London Fire Chief Ernest Clark (who served 1994-2004).

City of London App

The City of London’s app is here! Download it on the Apple Store or Google Play today. The app’s focus is to better serve those who live and work in London, as well as visitors.

Mayor Troy Rudder was initially approached by London Fire Cheif Carl Hacker about the need for an app. London Fire Public Relations Magen Zawko was tasked with the development and within approximately three months the app came to life.

The main menu of the app is simplified by News, Info Share, Explore, Commerce, and Local Info.

News will be pushed to app users featuring local alerts (road closures, emergency notifications, etc.), local business updates, City Council updates, and general community news. Info Share menu allows citizens to communicate with city departments through submitting easy to fill forms. Explore features local events and a parks directory. Commerce provides local Chamber of Commerce information, payment to the London Utility Commission, and a coupon directory including local small businesses.

Lastly, the Local Info section has a directory of all the City’s departments, City Council, and Public Works information.

“I hope the app improves the livelihood of our citizens and increases positive communication. The app will continually be updated to improve more and more, communication is a two-way street and we’re always looking for ways to improve,” Zawko said.

“Download it, look through it, send a review and let’s move forward, London!”

London Fire Dept. hosts Brown Bag Giveaway

A long-time holiday tradition was brought back to life this year through a partnership between the London Fire Department, London Firemen’s Club, Kentucky State Police Post 11 and Cumberland Valley Area Development District (CVADD).

The Brown Bag Giveaway provided goody bags to children-in-need with the mission of spreading Christmas joy to our surrounding community.

Community volunteers assisted with the spearheading agencies, including London Police and the London Laurel Rescue Squad, and Borden Dairy. In addition to the giveaway of 1,000 goody bags, 10 booster seats and five car seats were provided to children-in-need through Dreama Wright with CVADD.

The community partners hope to make the Brown Bag Giveaway an annual event to continue to uplift the community during the holiday season.

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