London Fire Dept. Knocks Down Fire on North Mill Street

At 10:41am London Fire units were Dispatched to Larkey HVAC on North Mill Street due to a structure fire. Upon arrival, smoke was coming from the attic area and London Fire had the Laurel County Fire Department and East Bernstadt Fire & Rescue paged out for mutual aid. Bush Fire Department responded on stand-by at the station to assist with further incoming calls. London Police shut down access to a portion of the roadway.

Fire units cleared all personnel from within the building, then began knocking down the fire without incident. Assisting on-scene also included Laurel Co. Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management, London-Laurel Rescue Squad, and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel Co. Units cleared the scene at approximately 3:23pm and the roadway has reopened. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

The London Fire Department would like to express our gratitude for the quick response in mutual aid and assistance. We are thankful to work in a community where we all work together as a team to accomplish the goal of saving lives and preserving property.

London Fire Department Hires Full-Time Firefighters with a Focus of Better Service and Looking Towards the Future

LONDON KY—The London Fire Department (LFD) has hired full-time Firefighters, equipping each 24-hour shift with four on-duty at any given time. The new full-time hires include David King, Jacob Floyd, Jason Robinson, Kyle Fowler, and Makenzie Jackson.

“Having four on-shift means better fire protection for the City of London, allowing the first truck to have two in and two out within a matter of seconds. There always is safety in numbers,” London Fire Chief Carl Hacker said.

The LFD is a combination department made up of 17 volunteers, 9 support members, and paid staff. Currently, the department has 15 full-time firefighters, one administrative staff member, and five part-time firefighters.

David King began his career at the London Fire Department in 1994 as a volunteer and worked at Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County from 1998 to 2020. King is a Kentucky Fire Instructor, EMS Instructor, American Heart Association CPR/BLS Instructor, and has an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) License. His certifications include the Candidate Physical Ability Test Certification and Firefighter 1 and 2 (150 hours and 400 hours).

“I started my career here and it’s where I want to end my career. I’m excited to use all the knowledge and experience I’ve obtained in all my years and apply it for the betterment and growth of the LFD,” King said, adding, “I want the London community to know that I will give 100 percent effort to protect lives and their property.”

Jacob Floyd served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009 as an Infantryman and completed two tours in Iraq. He’s a certified L-2 CrossFit Instructor and has owned the local gym, CrossFit HardCharger, for five-and-a-half years. In 2020, he began serving as a London Fire Department Volunteer, has a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and is currently on his pathway towards receiving his Firefighter 1 Certification. He has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Agriculture.

“This is the best Fire Department around and I’m looking forward to serving our community. It’s a dream come true,” Floyd said.

Kyle Fowler began serving as a firefighter for four years in Cashiers, North Carolina at Glenville Volunteer Fire Department and served 12 years at East Bernstadt Fire and Rescue. Fowler’s certifications include Firefighter 1, CPAT, Hazmat Operations, Arson 1, and AED.

“To me, this is the best job in the world and being able to be blessed with this job and also in the town I call home is just a feeling I cannot describe,” Fowler said.

Makenzie Jackson began serving as a London Fire Department Volunteer in April of 2018 and was hired part-time in 2019. Jackson’s certifications include Firefighter 1 and 2, CPAT, Level 1 Fire Prevention Inspector, Rope Technician, Swift Water Awareness, and National Incident Management System 100, 200, 700, and 800.

“I’m making history as the first female firefighter for the City of London, and I’d like to show younger generations that if they work hard and have determination, they can truly accomplish anything,” Jackson said, adding, “I never gave up on my dream and continue to put in the work to achieve my career goals.”

Now through 2022 London Firefighters will all be working towards the goal of receiving their International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) 1 and 2 Certification as well as their EMT License.

“I have been with the department for 35 years and the department has changed a lot from what it was when I started. Since I became Chief, I’ve tried to make sure that we are moving forward every day within our training, our equipment, and utilizing technology to improve our effectiveness and productivity,” Hacker said.

Improvements have included thermal imaging cameras for all firefighters on-duty to allow them to navigate through smoke quicker and be able to locate those in danger. The Department is now providing a junior firefighter program in two Laurel County Schools, free smoke detectors to London residents, pre-planning all London businesses, spearheading the London Fire Honor Guard, and has moved towards going 95 percent paperless Department-wide by utilizing cloud-based efficient technology.

“We have only just begun with changes that will make us a better department for the future,” Hacker added.

The LFD is continuing to take applications to fill future positions as the City of London looks towards the future for potential expansion. Applications are available online at https://londonkyfire.com/join as well as requirement details for employment.

The Future of London-Laurel Fairgrounds

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London Police Award Officers

London Police Officers received the following awards:

Cpl. Elbert Riley received the Award of Valor for performance above and beyond the normal call of duty by acting with disregard for his own safety while protecting and preserving the lives of others.

Sgt. Jacob Bormann received the Award of Valor for performance above and beyond the normal call of duty by acting with disregard for his own safety while protecting and preserving the lives of others.

Ofc. Logan Medlock received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Medlock also received the Governor’s Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement.

Ofc. Andrew Jackson received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Jackson also received the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Lt. Travis Couch received two Meritorious Service Awards for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Cpl. Troy Truett received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Joey Robinson received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Dillon Blair received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved. Ofc. Blair also receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Ofc. Ben Webb received the Meritorious Service Award for his genuine concern for the London Community, providing exemplary professional service, and safety of his fellow officers ensured a job well achieved.

Ofc. Ashley Taylor receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of her exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

Ofc. Patrick Nunley receive the Professional Esteem Award in recognition of his exemplary performance of duties as a London Police Officer.

London Police Promote Officers

The London Police Department is pleased to announce the following promotions and assignments:

Capt. Randy Medlock has been promoted to the rank of Major. Major Medlock has served with the department for 16 years.

Sgt. Travis Dotson has been promoted to the rank of Operations Lieutenant. Lieutenant Dotson has served with the department for 19 years.

Sgt. Ryan Jackson has been promoted to the rank of Investigative Lieutenant. Lieutenant Jackson has served with the department for 11 years.

Sgt. Travis Couch has been promoted to the rank of Operations Lieutenant. Lieutenant Couch has served with the department for 13 years.

Sgt. Eric Stallard has been awarded the assignment of Detective. Detective Stallard has served with the department for 14 years.

Chief Darrel Kilburn notes, “I am extremely proud of these men for their dedication and love for this department, and even more so for this community. Each of them has served admirably throughout their careers and the London Police Department is blessed to have them. Please keep them, along with their families, in your prayers.”

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