All local divisions of law enforcement, fire departments, military, ems and central dispatch were recognized but a few local herons were given special awards.
Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons recognized Detective Terry Blanton for his efforts this past year in the war against Meth. Clemons talked about the meth problem erupting across the nation and how his department has dove into the problem. He called the drug a demon. Blanton received training in 2009 to clean up the potentially dangerous and volatile crime scenes. Clemons said he is receiving personal financial support from local businesses who are asking Clemons to use the monetary donations towards the war on Meth.
Former Leitchfield Police Chief Elmer Langdon died this year and is being remembered through an award called the “Elmer Langdon Hero’s Award.” The award was presented by Leitchfield Police Chief Bart Glenn to Detective Gary Troutman. Troutman retired in 2007 and has come back at the request of Glenn to the position of detective once again. Troutman said he was proud to receive the award not only because it represented his work but more so of who the award was named after. Troutman said Elmer Langdon was his personal hero and was the reason he is the detective he is today.
Grayson County EMS Director Kevin Pharis said he chose Lonnie Stone as the recipient of the Hero’s Award because of his dedication to his job. Stone served in the US Army for three years before becoming an EMT in 1995, joined the Leitchfield Fire Department in 1996, Grayson County EMS welcomed him in 2003 and he became a Paramedic in 2005. Pharis said Stones dedication to his community was his top reason for his choice.
The Leitchfield Fire Department presented the Ronald H. Hudson Award to Leitchfield Fireman Tim Duvall. The presentation was made by Fireman Jerry Schlosser who said Duvall became the second full time paid fireman for Leitchfield in 2003, 11 years after joining the fire department. Duvall serves as a Captain for the department and is also a training officer. Schlosser said he was dedicated to the department and the community he serves.
Sgt. 1st Class Ricky A. Clemons with the Kentucky National Guard division stationed in Grayson County said he narrowed the prospects of local heroes down from hundreds of deserving men and women. The three chosen by Clemons gave personal sacrifices for the United States of America. Josh White served a tour of duty in Iraq with a unit who was stationed for 22 months, which was one of the longest tours of duty and he was called the picture of professionalism by Clemons.
Robert Pat Doulthitt was honored for his service in Desert Storm and Afghanistan. Doulthitt said his heroes are the ones who serve and never come home. Clemons told a story of Doulthitt’s heroic efforts to save his fellow soldiers during a helicopter crash while holding off the enemy and able to capture a Taliban Commander. Doulthitt has been honored with two Bronze Stars by the Military.
Clemons said he chose Tim Elliot as a local hero for his dedication to the military. Elliot served in Desert Storm and was injured during his tour in Iraq by a roadside bomb. Clemons said Elliot has several awards he will be honored with by the military in the near future. Elliot said when he was flown by air ambulance out of Iraq and back home early, he realized the one’s really fighting the war are the wives, children, parents, grandparents and siblings that are left behind during a loved ones deployment.
Appoximately 200 people attended the hero’s dinner.