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.

Whitley Branch Veterans Park

Another milestone was reached this week in the ongoing development of Whitley Branch Veterans Park.

With the installation of several bridges and pavement of the last sections of the walking track, the park now has 2.25 miles of track for walkers and runners to enjoy.

Next up in the development of Whitley Branch is the construction of 40 additional parking spaces and a pickleball court on the lot next to Southeast Farm Supply on Dixie Street.

A new perimeter fence will be installed when those projects are completed.

London Parks and Recreation Director Mackey Williams said the expansion of Whitley Branch was necessary due to the overwhelming popularity and use of the park.

He also noted that the latest project came in about $40,000 under budget.

City Safety Day Success

Over 20 citizens donated blood to the Kentucky Blood Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4th from 1-5pm at the London Fire Department. Together, the Fire Dept. and the London Police Department provided the City Safety Day to host a community blood drive and child safety seat checks.

“Even during COVID-19 we are still here for the community, providing services and looking out for their safety,” said PIO Magen Zawko with the London Police Department.

For citizens who missed the event and still wish to donate blood to help save lives, the Kentucky Blood Center advised checking their website kybloodcenter.org to find a blood drive nearby.

For those need a child’s safety seat checked, the London Police and Fire Departments have technicians on-hand daily. To schedule an appointment for a seat check, call (606) 878-7004 or (606) 864-2922. For more information about car seats, visit NHTSA.GOV.

Kentucky’s Child Safety Seat Law:

Children 40 inches or less must be properly restrained in a federally approved safety seat. Children younger than seven and between 40 and 50 inches must be properly secured in a booster seat.

The City of London hopes to provide more City Safety Days in the future to further encourage local citizens to connect with the free services offered to them.

London Community Center Director Retires

After 28 years of community service, Tish Rudder announced her retirement Tuesday as director of the London Community Center.

City of London employees, family and well wishers offered congratulations to celebrate her retirement, along with a beautiful cake with a poignant message.

Rudder worked nine years for the city, nine years for the county and 10 years for the Laurel County School System.

When asked what she plans to do in retirement, Rudder said she plans to help downsize into a new home, spend time with the kids and grandkids “and the rest we will just make up as we go along. That’s the beauty of retirement.”

A message from the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Troy Rudder is announcing that out of respect for our employees and respect for the general public, and with guidance from both State and Federal governments, the City of London asks that customers use the drive-through at both City Hall and the London Utility Commission.

The Police, and Fire Departments along with the Community Center have glass partitions for your safety and ours. All business transactions including building permits and business licenses can be made by using our drive-up window. For other matters, call us at 864-4169.

Stay strong, stay aware and stay safe.

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