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New film ‘Silo’ combines farm safety education, entertainment; premieres in Kentucky on Oct. 12

A film about the dangers of entrapment in grain bins — “Silo” — will premiere in Kentucky at the Louisville International Festival of Film on Oct. 12 at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. “I’m proud to say that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Home Safety Program was consulted for this film,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said, noting much of the movie...

Today is the time to remember 9/11 — the day we said we’d never forget; please reflect in your own way

Staff Report To honor the brave first responders, the innocent victims, resolute members of the military and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary bravery in the face of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, please share a moment of silence. The following are programmatic elements to consider when for your 9/11 anniversary observance, from 911memorial.org: Observe moments...

Louisville-based Dogs Helping Heroes accepting application for emotional support, service dogs

Dogs Helping Heroes, a local nonprofit organization, is actively looking for heroes in need of a service or emotional support dog. Interested first responders – fire, police and EMS – military, and Gold Star Families may complete an application by the deadline of Monday, September 26. The organization will train a total of eight (8) service dogs that will be gifted at no cost to the awarded recipients...

Keven Moore: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Kentucky Horse Council offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue training Sept. 20-22 in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and registration is now open. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders....

Gov. Bevin honors first responders who rescued a Madison County girl, 3, lost for 15 hours

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin honored a group of first responders who helped rescue a missing Madison County girl last month during a ceremony at the State Capitol. 
Three-year-old Eden Hines walked away from her home around 1:30 Sunday afternoon on Oct. 14, prompting an intensive search by 30 different organizations, with 1,100 to 1,200 participants including volunteers from the community. First...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Ben has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and...

Louisville native headlines ‘All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway’ promotion for Buckle Up 225

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville native Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes will be heading up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes will be on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and honoring First Responders. Ben...

Legislative Briefs: REAL ID compliance bill advances to Senate; ‘Tim Tebow’ measure gets House approval

The Kentucky House voted 77-19 Tuesday to create “voluntary travel ID” cards that would meet federal REAL ID requirements, while also voting to change procedures for issuance of standard Kentucky driver’s licenses and permits. House Bill 410, sponsored by Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, would create the voluntary travel ID—an enhanced driver’s license that could be used to board airplanes...

House approves Bratcher’s bill to add first responders to Kentucky’s hate crime statutes

Police, firefighters and other first responders would be added to those protected by Kentucky’s hate crime statute under a bill approved Monday by the Kentucky House of Representatives. House Bill 14, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, would allow those who assault, kidnap, or commit certain other violent offenses against first responders to face stricter sentencing in...

Measure to add first responders to hate crime law approved by House Judiciary Committee

Police, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel would be added to those protected under Kentucky’s hate crime statute if a bill passed by a House committee Wednesday becomes law. Under House Bill 14, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, those who assault, kidnap, or commit certain other violent offenses against first responders could face stricter sentencing...

Keven Moore: It’s time for all of us to show more appreciation for our law enforcement representatives

I don’t make it a habit to divulging my charitable giving or acts of kindness, as I was raised to be humble and quiet when giving. It’s better instead to let the joy of the Lord fill your heart for having the opportunity to help someone in a time of need or desperation.   But I’m going to make an exception this time. It was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this past Monday and I...

First responders to receive free admission to Newport Aquarium in recognition of Patriot Day

In recognition of Patriot Day on Sept. 11, 2016, Newport Aquarium will offer free admission to first responders this weekend. Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including the enormously popular “Sweet Pea” and “Scooter,” the stars of the first shark ray breeding program in the world. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, state...

Mike Denham: As 9/11 reminds us, we are all Americans willing to defend the values that bind us

On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11. Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to President Kennedy’s assassination. While New York,...

EKU Justice & Safety Center prepares first responders for Republican National Convention

Eastern Kentucky University’s Justice & Safety Center recently trained first responders from Ohio in preparation for the Republican National Convention, which is expected to draw thousands of participants, protesters, and media personnel to Cleveland July 18-21. As a member of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, a federally-sponsored grant program, EKU’s Justice & Safety Center...