Numerous Leitchfield officials attended the unveiling of the Leitchfield Fire Department Memorial Plaques at Firefighter’s Memorial Park on the afternoon of Monday, May 5.
The three commemorative plaques are located at the Firefighter’s Memorial Park pavilion and list the names of all Leitchfield Fire Chiefs, firefighters, and LFD members with 50 years of service since the LFD’s establishment 100 years ago in 1914.
Carl “Moon” Smith, who has been a member of the LFD for 47 years, seven of which were spent as Leitchfield Fire Chief, compiled the list of firefighters and chiefs and said the plaques have been made so that additional names may be added in the future.
“I want to thank the [City] Council for the plaque and Tourism for the Firefighter’s pavilion,” said Smith during the unveiling.
Smith said his time with the department and serving alongside so many other firefighters, especially as First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief under the late Chief Ronald Hudson for 20 years, has been a rewarding experience.
“I’m just glad to be a part of it,” Smith said.
Leitchfield Tourism Commission Chairman Mark Smith said Leitchfield Tourism, which helped fund the cost of the plaques, is proud to be a part of honoring the Leitchfield Fire Department.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said the plaques and the park pavilion are, in addition to honoring the LFD, a testament to the hard work of the Leitchfield City Council, Tourism Commission, and Public Works Department toward furthering recreational/tourism activities in the city.
Promoting tourism has, in turn, led to increased revenue for the City and steadily increasing local employment, Thomason said.
“I’m so proud of this building,” Thomason said.
Grayson County Industrial Development Officer Dudley Cooper said, “Assets like [Firefighter’s Park] help our community. Every piece of this just enhances the community.”
City Officials also celebrated the opening of the Firefighter’s Memorial Park splash pad for the season on Monday.
The splash pad will be open May 1 through October 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.