MARTIN – First responders are the ones on the scenes of various incidents regardless of day or time. These individuals that are rushing to the aid of the sick and injured. Pay is minimal and often none at all as many first responders volunteer at their local volunteer fire department. In addition to putting themselves in dangerous situations to aid someone in need, these individuals are coming under attack. A new study is being conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration and Drexel University that examines the circumstances surrounding violence aimed at first responders. In an effort to show appreciation for these individuals and the selfless work they do, Dale McKinney of WMDJ is organizing Blue Day for Blue Lights on August 6.
“We are honoring police, firefighters, first responders, members of the military and veterans for the hard work they do everyday in our communities,” said Ranger Rick Caudill, Disc Jockey at WMDJ.
Individuals who would like to participate in this show of support for the area men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to keep our families safe can pick up a blue ribbon at the following locations: McDowell Professional Pharmacy, ABCO Security, Prestonsburg City Hall, Triangle Market, Mann Toyota, Footloose Shoe Repair, Floyd County Library (both the Prestonsburg and Minnie locations), Community Trust Bank in Downtown Prestonsburg, Central Discount of Martin, Prestonsburg Gun and Pawn and Commonwealth Chiropractic Services.
Are residents are urged to put a blue ribbon on their car antenna and join others in a show of support and appreciation for the police, firefighters, first responders, military and veterans. On Saturday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m., individuals can meet at one of three locations to participate in the Blue Day for Blue Lights Motorcade. The three locations are Martin Community Center on Rt. 80, the former location of Allen Baptist Church on U.S. 23 and Tiger Mart in Prestonsburg. The motorcade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel on U.S. 23 to the traffic lights, turning at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). The motorcade will continue through Prestonsburg and end at the Lancer/Watergap Road traffic lights.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.