The Grayson County Rotary Club hosted a Heroes Dinner on Tuesday evening to recognize and give thanks to local ‘heroes.’
Local law enforcement officers, firefighters, 911 operators and emergency services personnel were presented with plaques and a moment in the spotlight at the banquet, which took place at the Centre on Main.
Rotary President Matt Wiseman said that the club’s motto is ‘Service above self,’ and that “these men and women exemplify this every day.”
Club Secretary April Bowman spoke to the crowd and said that, “compassion is admirable, but action is what truly makes a difference.”
The men and women recognized put that compassion into action each day so that we can all feel safer wherever we are and whatever we may be doing.
Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Norman Chaffins was invited by the group to speak at the event, and said, “there’s more to being a hero than simply putting on a uniform and a badge.”
Many men and women recognized throughout the evening echoed Chaffins sentiment, adding that they have many personal heroes, like a friend who has lost a child, a sister fighting cancer, selfless colleagues, and even a police dog. Each group was humble in their acceptance, though their service is nothing less than valiant.
The following groups were recognized: Leitchfield Police Department, Caneyville Police Department, Clarkson Police Department, East Grayson County Fire Department, Caneyville Fire Department, Leitchfield Fire Department, Clarkson Fire Department, Grayson County EMS, Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, E911 Dispatch, Kentucky State Police, and the National Guard.
The final award of the night, the Unsung Hero Award, went to Bryan Hammons, who not only serves as a deputy with the Sheriff’s Department as well as a member of EMS, but also gives greatly of his time at Grayson County Middle School to help students.