Gov. Steve Beshear paid a visit to Lewisburg on Monday afternoon to celebrate the city’s new fire station. The governor said he was happy to be down in the western part of the state, which is where he calls home.
“I wanted to come and see what investment was made, and when I walked in I saw a substantial return,” Beshear said.
The event was held at the new 70-by-110-foot facility that was made possible by a $500,000 grant, along with $250,000 from the Carpenter Foundation.
One of the main reasons the city needed a new station was overcrowding. The Fire Department was having to house one of its older trucks at a different location because it just didn’t have the space.
Warren McReynolds was an intricate player in obtaining the funds needed for the new fire station. The governor couldn’t say enough good things about McReynolds, calling him an “asset” to Logan County.
“Logan County has an asset because of Warren McReynolds,” Beshear said. “I can’t tell you how many times when my door is open it’s Warren. He starts by inviting me to a fish fry and then asks for something for Logan County, and it’s always something worthwhile and beneficial for Logan County.”
The new building is approximately 9,000 square feet, and has plenty of room to fulfill the needs of the firefighters. There is a training and conference room, sleeping quarters, bathrooms, showers, an office and a decon room. The old fire station is across the street.
Beshear commented on the city Fire Department and the Rural Fire Department, and how well they partner for the safety of the citizens.
“These two fire departments coming together reminds me of just what happened in Frankfort this last session. We had a very productive session and accomplished a great deal,” Beshear said, adding that putting partisanship aside and getting down to business accomplishes so much more.
The most important issue of all is the safety of the citizens, Beshear said, noting the many men and women in Lewisburg and throughout the state of Kentucky who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the public safe.
“This is why I am so proud to be a part of this,” the governor said.