Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Police Officer Chase Melton, middle, displays his LPD Life Saving Award alongside his wife, Kayla, left, as Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason looks on.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Police Officer Chase Melton, middle, displays his LPD Life Saving Award alongside his wife, Kayla, left, as Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason looks on.

Leitchfield Police Officer Chase Melton was honored Monday night, May 21 with the Leitchfield Police Department Lifesaving Award.

Leitchfield Police Chief Bryan Langdon and Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) Captain Brandon Cook presented Melton the award during Monday's Leitchfield City Council meeting, and Langdon recounted the events that led to it.

Langdon said the award stems from a May 11, 2016 incident in which, at approximately 11:53 a.m., the LPD was dispatched to 117 Claggett Dr. on a medical assist call regarding a male subject reported to be suicidal.

Langdon said Melton and Officer Jeff Helvey arrived on the scene to discover that the patient had allegedly and intentionally cut himself on the wrists, causing major damage to a large blood vein, with what was described as a large, serrated knife, and that the knife wound was bleeding heavily.

"Officer Melton quickly took lifesaving measures by making a tourniquet out of a belt that was found on the scene and used the improvised tourniquet to control the bleeding," said Langdon. "Officer Melton's quick action was undoubtedly vital in lifesaving efforts before EMS could arrive on the scene to take over and continue the medical treatment of the patient."

Langdon went on to say that, "Officer Melton's lifesaving efforts...are a great credit to himself, the Leitchfield Police Department, the City of Leitchfield, and the citizens of Grayson County."

For his actions during this incident, Melton was presented with a plaque and commemorative pen Monday night, and Chase Melton's wife, Kayla, attached the pen to his uniform during Monday's meeting.

In other business:

•The City Council voted to hire a full-time ballparks and parks maintenance worker for Leitchfield Parks and Recreation.

The starting salary will be $12.00 per hour. Leitchfield Parks and Recreation Director Greg Hudson took a $3,000 salary reduction and Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason took a $5,000 salary reduction to help fund this position's salary.

•The City Council voted to create a full-time Parks and Recreation Assistant at a starting salary of $12.00 per hour.

•Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Dudley Cooper presented the most recent jobs report and said that six to eight Grayson County companies are still struggling to find employees, particularly in the field of industrial maintenance.

•The City Council voted to give four seasonal employees raises to increase their salaries to $12.00 per hour.

•The City Council voted to repair the 80-foot flagpole in American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park at the maximum cost of $5,760.

•The City Council approved Morton Salt's bid for road salt of $9,699.00 for 100 tons.

•The City Council accepted Scotty's Contracting and Stone's bids for rock and asphalt materials, surface and bituminous asphalt, and excavation and earthwork, and both IMI and Lowe's bids for concrete materials with IMI being the primary concrete provider.

•The City Council approved proclamations declaring Poppy Week and Nursing Home Week in Grayson County.