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18- May 01, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook By Cecil l.awson KyNewsGroup , cecil@kynewsgroup,com In 1.986 Montgomer ?' County volunteer fire- fighter Philip Welch suf- fered extensive injuries following tile explosion of a nearby gas container • while he was battling a blaze. He was burned over 45 percent of his body and has required 76 surgeries since that time to help him in his recovery. Despite his injuries, he continued to serve as a firefighter. Sharpsburg Fire Capt. David Pefitt calls him "the hero of heroes." It was in the years fol- lowing his injuries that he became an advocate for volunteer firefighters who are injured in the line of duty: He began working with long-time Slate Rep. Adrian Arnold of Mt. Ster- ling to craft• legislation that would allow Kentucky's vohmteer firefighters to receive assistance for both health 0nd life insurance benetits flom tile state if injured. Volunteer firetighters make up 90% of the fire de- partments statewide, yet in recent years, tide aver- age age of the firefighter has been increasing as volunteers become fewer aniong young people to- day. Welch said that, as he enters his 50th year of service, "For volunteer firefighters, it's not about tile money, but it's aboul the h)ve of tile people in the comntunity you serve. As I look back at all those years we put in, I thought maybe it was time to do something about it." That's why Welch has been in the political trenches again, this time working with State Rep. Richard Henderson, who • represents Montgom- ery, PoweU, and Men[fee Counties, to sponsor new legislation thal not only creates the possibility of a retirement program for volunteer tirefighters, but also to creates incentives to attract younger recr uits. Rep. Henderson met with Welch and other fire- fighters from Bath and Montgomery Counties last "Nmrsday evening at the Sharpsburg Fire De- partment to discuss the cnrrent stains of [he legis- lation. Henderson expMned, "We're moving, but it's not going to happen over- night." Henderson told the firefighters that he had introduced House Resolu- tion 128 during tiffs year's General Assembly, which would have created a Kentucky Vohmteer Fire- lighter Recruitment and Retention Task Force. Henderson expMned that he later withdrew his sup- port from the resolution when the annual budget was passed which "swept away" money set aside lot the task force into the Gen- eral Fund. Henderson said tidat the same thing happened with state money that had origi- nally been set aside for a cancer l resumption fired for firefigl-lters who are ex- posed to cancerous chemi- cals in the line of duty and for an insurance premium credit for firefighters. fie said that what was needed, was a "change of cnlture" in Frankfort. "When money is intended to go somewhere, it should not be swept away for the General Fund," Until that change comes,. Henderson said that he would continue to support the legislation and wasplanning on _meeting with individuals from the Governor's Office over the summer as well as with Sieve Riggs, Chairman of the Ix cal Govermnent Conmtittee during the In- terim session of General Assembb: "This bill will keep re- surfacing until something gets done," he said. "I will do what's right fi)r the peo- ple who have been there for us." He also encouraged all vohmteer firefighters to get together and attend upcoming hearings in Frankfort to show their support for this legislation. "we have to get local fire clfiefs to call their own leg- islators," he said. "This is going to have h) be a stale- wide effort, i and in it for the long haul." Firefighters at the meet- ing showed their support Ior the legislation but also noted that paid fire depart- menls and departments from larger towns and cit- ies might not get behind the legislatkm because they feel it would take away fl'om their own ben- elits. Hen(lerson said that he was foeuse(l on the needs of his rural constituents. "Let's start in the holler and work our way back to the big city." He noted flint the "Fask Force would deal with is- sties beyond retirement for vohmteer firefighters. He said that there needed to be something in place t Photo by Cecil Lawson Last Thursday evening at the Sharpsburg Fire Station, volunteer firefighters from Bath and Montgomery Counties met with 50 year veteran firefighter Philip Welch and State Representative Richard Henderson, both from Montgomery County, to discuss the creation of a statewide task force for volunteer firefighter recruitment and reten- tion, including a retirement system. that would "entice rural at- eas to hold on to the many years of expertise" among older volunteers and to en- courage younger people to want to vohmteer and "'give them something at the end of tide rainbow," Fie described lhe project as an "invesunent." "'We've got to figure out a system, buiht it up, and then figtlre otl[ a way lo protect it," Henderson said of tide program. Philip Welch remains committed and proud of his own five decades of service and hopes that the younger generations will continue the vohm- teer firetighting tradition. "Money is not the object here," he said after the meeting, "but to see if tlae people appreciate you and your service." If you are interested in supporting this legisla- tion or would like to know more information, [)lease contact Capl. I)avid Petitt at 859497-1337. I for Bath County Jailer flello, my name is Jeff"Buttermilk" Montjoy and I am asking for your w:}te and support I:or Bat h (~onnty ] I am a lif;e time resident of Olymt)ia. ffelected jailer I will treat everyone with the utmost respect and honor for the title as your jailer.Xhe deputy jailers that We have now are doing a great iob so with that said if I am elected I will speak with the current' deputy jailers and if they are willing to stay then they will still have their job. I am trying to get around to each and every one of ,erson but this is a big county so if tor some rea- son that 1 dofft get to meet with you I am deeply so/ry: VOTE JEFF "BUTTERMILK" MONTOY Your next Bath County Jailer Paid for b~ ,:aiM[date [eff"l~,utter milk' Montloy Courtesy of KTC Hwy. District 9 Work zone coordinator Matt Dillon left, visited daughter Attie's class 'at Crossroads Elementary in Bath County recently with bridge engineer Travis Rogers ... They talked about careers, taught Ms. Bowman's kindergarten class about arch bridges and encouraged the kids to Stand Out for Work Zone Safetyl We want these kind of school visits to keep happening, so please slow down, put down the phone and keep our workers - and yourselves - safe! Photo submitted After 65 years away from the Bath County school system, Chester Greene, retired, Georetown, Ohio, Western Brown School System, Mt. Orab, Ohio, wag invited to read and present a shortprogram to a second grade class of students at Crossroads Elementary School. Chester has been a landowner and taxpayer of Bath County for 50 years. He gradu- ated from the 8th grade and high school at the Salt Lick Consolidated School. He was a classroom teacher for 39 years in the state of Michigan and Ohio. Chester was very impressed by the Crossroads building, faculty and students. The classrooms were neat and clean. The students were well disciplined. The teachers had their classroom bulletin boards well-decorated. Thanks to 2nd grade teacher Jeanette Paynter and Callie Sue Bonta for visiting the classro(~m of her great grandson, Blake Baber, on Right t~Read Day. Bath County Attorney Voters deserve a choice fbr any elected position and l am off;ering that to each of you. My fhmilv and I respectfully ask for each Bath Countian's ~,q)te and support fi)r me as (;ountv Attorney in the May 2l)th Democratic primary: , I grew up in Owingsville. My parents are Bud and Dottle Hunt. I am married to Buck Price, He works fi)r Spectra Energy in Owingsville, We have been blessed with three children- Bryson who works at Spectra Energy, Havdeia, and Sarah students of BCHS. I graduated from Bath County High, l.)uring school I worked at our family business, Bud's Buster Burger, and on our farm. I then graduated fi'om Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky C, ollege of 1..aw. I chose to live and work in Bath (;otml v and to raise my children here because I LOVE THIS C()MMUNITY, "[his community has given me a living. I strongly believe it is my obligation to give back to the community and be involved in COlTllYltlnit~, activities. [ have done this consistently. My children have ahvays attended Bath ('.ounty schools and have participated in Bath ('ounty based sports and extracurrictdar actMties, EXPERIENCE • ~ rat[icing Attorney in Bath (~ounty since 1992 • Previous County AIlorney • Bath (2ounty Trial (;ommissiouer • Bath (:ounty Master Commissioner • Domestic Relations ('ornmissioner for 21:4 ]udicial Circuit • Public Defimder m Bath, Men[fee and Rowal~ C, omlties • C;ity Attorney for ()wingsville, SI-mrpsbm'g, and Frenchburg • .Hearing Oltk:er for Kentucky Pcr,~ounel Board • Hearing Officer tot Dep;:[rtrnent of I:!ducation, Division of Exceptional Children • Attorney for Bath County Extension District and Bath County Extension I;oundation COMM U N [TY INVOIN EM ENT • ()wingsville Kiwanis • Bath ('ounty Horaemakms • Grace Gospel Tabernacle * Bath County hmior Pro Football Board • BCMS and BCHS Girls and Boys Basketball, Softball, and Baseball Boosters • I,ega[ Aid of the Bh, egrass Board of Dilvcto(s • Gateway ('ommunity Services Board of Directors , AIzheimcr's Family Tics Team • Relay for Life Pmd.ibr I9" Khn Hwd Prite, ao!dhiaa:' ti,~ B, tdl (?