The Future of London-Laurel Fairgrounds

An advisory committee formed to study the future of the London-Laurel County Fairgrounds held its first meeting Wednesday, as work began to remove many dilapidated and unsafe structures at the facility. The fairgrounds and the nearby Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park were given to the City of London by the state September 2019. The City […]

London Police Award Officers

London Police Officers received the following awards:

Cpl. Elbert Riley received the Award of Valor for performance above and beyond the normal call of duty by acting with disregard for his own safety while protecting and preserving the lives of others.

Sgt. Jacob Bormann received the Award of Valor for performance above and beyond the normal call of duty by acting with disregard for his own safety while protecting and preserving the lives of others.

Ofc. Logan Medlock received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Medlock also received the Governor’s Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement.

Ofc. Andrew Jackson received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Jackson also received the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Lt. Travis Couch received two Meritorious Service Awards for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Cpl. Troy Truett received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Joey Robinson received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Dillon Blair received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Blair also receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Ofc. Ben Webb received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Ashley Taylor receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of her exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Ofc. Patrick Nunley receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

London Police Promote Officers

The London Police Department is pleased to announce the following promotions and assignments:

Capt. Randy Medlock has been promoted to the rank of Major. Major Medlock has served with the department for 16 years.

Sgt. Travis Dotson has been promoted to the rank of Operations Lieutenant. Lieutenant Dotson has served with the department for 19 years.

Sgt. Ryan Jackson has been promoted to the rank of Investigative Lieutenant. Lieutenant Jackson has served with the department for 11 years.

Sgt. Travis Couch has been promoted to the rank of Operations Lieutenant. Lieutenant Couch has served with the department for 13 years.

Sgt. Eric Stallard has been awarded the assignment of Detective. Detective Stallard has served with the department for 14 years.

Chief Darrel Kilburn notes, “I am extremely proud of these men for their dedication and love for this department, and even more so for this community. Each of them has served admirably throughout their careers and the London Police Department is blessed to have them. Please keep them, along with their families, in your prayers.”

London Deputy Fire Chief Honored for 66 Years of Service

At 81-years-old, Wilson Rawlings was honored for his 66 years of serving London as a firefighter, as a founder of the London-Laurel Rescue Squad, and one of the oldest active/longest-serving firefighters in the state of Kentucky. The London Fire Department, London-Laurel Rescue Squad, and community members gathered for a private surprise party on his 81st birthday, Tuesday, April 6th.

Rawlings followed in his father’s footsteps, A.W. “Gus” Rawlings, who served as Chief from 1945 to August 1st, 1950. Wilson began volunteering for the London Fire Department in 1955 at 15-years-old. Wilson served as Chief from June 12th, 1989 to January 10th, 1994. He was designated as London’s Deputy Fire Chief 2004. He established the London-Laurel Rescue Squad in 1969 and Chief John Allen designated Wilson as Chief Emeritus since 2019.

“When I helped organize the Rescue Squad 52 years ago, I had no idea it would be what it is today. It’s one of the best in the state. To see where the Fire Department is now from when I was 15-years-old – it’s unbelievable,” Wilson said, adding, “I wish I could go back in time and experience the “golden years” again.”

During the event that honored Wilson, members stood up to share their most memorable stories of Wilson. All reflected on his honorable trait to always go above and beyond for others.

“Wilson has been the epitome of a first responder. He has repeatedly put others before himself. Like many first responders in the Laurel County area, Wilson has been a dedicated public servant for many years. His knowledge and friendship have been an inspiration to countless men and women who have followed in his footsteps and learned under his leadership,” said Marc Rudder, Director of State Fire Rescue Training at the Kentucky Fire Commission.

Chief Allen remarked on how overwhelming Wilson’s impact has been in his 66 years of service.

“I believe the Rescue Squad would not be where it is today without Wilson. His vision for the Squad is still going strong with the hard work and solid values Wilson started out with,” Chief Allen said.

London Fire Chief Carl Hacker stated even today, Wilson is pouring his wisdom and experience into the fire department.

“We are honored to know Wilson, work with him, and have such an asset in our community – he’s helped make the London Fire Department what it is today,” Chief Hacker said.

City of London Mayor Troy Rudder added, “Wilson’s leadership in the London Fire Department has taken it to a higher standard of professionalism. The City of London thanks him for his many years of service.”

London Fire Department Receives Kentucky Fire Commission Grant Funding

The London Fire Department (LFD) has been awarded two grants from the Kentucky State Fire Commission totaling approximately $11,000. The Department continues to actively seek grant opportunities to better serve the citizens of London and neighboring fire departments that they provide mutual aid to.

Although firefighters wear turnout gear for protection from intense heat up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, toxic chemicals can still penetrate through and remain on the gear following exposure. Many of the toxins are cancer-causing agents and gear must be frequently washed. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standard for retirement for turnout gear is 10 years. The London Fire Department was able to replace approximately four sets of gear with the $10,000 awarded. Full turnout gear includes coats, pants, helmets, boots, gloves, and hoods.

“We are very thankful for the Fire Commission and their grant opportunities,” Fire Chief Carl Hacker said, adding, “The City has always done what they can, but receiving grants like this helps us adequately outfit more members in safe and proper gear required to get the job done.”

A $1,000 grant was also awarded by the Kentucky Fire Commission for Public Education initiatives.

Currently, the Department provides fire education to Kindergarten through 12th grade. To further fire prevention initiatives, they’ve created a junior Firefighter Club that meets monthly at South Laurel High and is looking to expand into North Laurel High in the fall. The Laurel County Center for Innovation has also partnered with the fire department to allow firefighters to provide fire education to their student body.“Engaging our youth in fire education is pivotal to improving life safety as well as increasing interest in future volunteer service,” said LFD Public Information Officer Magen Zawko.

The LFD is a combination department made up of full-time staff, part-time staff, and volunteers. There are 42 firefighters within the Department. To apply to become a volunteer, visit londonkyfire.com/join or to inquire about becoming a junior firefighter, call (606) 864-2922.

For more information about the London Fire Department, visit londonkyfire.com or for questions about services the Department offers, call (606) 864-2922.

London Police assist The Backpack Program of Laurel Co.

On Wednesday March 24, the London Police Department was proud to volunteer with the Backpack Program of Laurel County.

Officers and staff packed over 1,000 bags, two weeks worth of food, to be distributed to hungry children right here in our own county. Additionally, the LPD donated all of the proceeds from its “No Shave January” fundraiser to this charitable organization.

The Backpack Program of Laurel County currently serves over 1,000 children across all schools within the county, helping to feed the estimated 25-30% of children going hungry on weekends. Please consider donating your time and/or money to this organization that helps to locally support so many in need.

Visit www.laurelbackpackprogram.com to see how you can help!

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