Department of Highways, District 10
Lee County Department of Highways employees recognized for efforts fighting recent Beattyville fire

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 04, 2009  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY. – Nine employees from the Kentucky Department of Highways Lee County Maintenance crew were honored Wednesday for their efforts in helping battle an Aug. 13 blaze in Beattyville that destroyed three businesses and threatened several others.


Commissions as Kentucky Colonels were presented to the employees during the District 10 Equipment Roadeo held Sept. 2 at the Beattyville Equipment Garage.


Employees honored were Glen Bush, Chester Dale Deaton, Jeff Gabbard, Aaron Gay, Hargus Griffith, Raymond Morris, Jeff Phillips, Mackie Richerson and Kevin McIntosh.


“The actions of these employees prove the dedication that our crew members have to their communities,” said Mark Westfall, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10, which includes Lee County. “They deserve this high honor as a token of the esteem in which they are held by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the community that they aided that day. Their actions helped prevent further loss of property and they were of great assistance to the firefighting crews from the several area departments who responded.”


Arch Sebastian, District 10’s safety officer and a retired Lexington firefighter, was at the scene the day of the blaze and attests to the valuable assistance the Lee County crew members provided.


“Some of the personnel at the scene told me that if not for the Lee County crew’s help, the Lee County Health Center building probably would have caught fire as well,” Sebastian said. “Their actions saved the health department building from being destroyed, and they are well-deserving of this honor.”


A community reception to honor everyone who helped fight the fire that destroyed Jack’s IGA, Rose Bros. Department Store and The Beattyville Enterprise newspaper office is being planned by Beattyville and Lee County officials.