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LG&E donation ensures fish fry trailer purchase

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By Dave Taylor

Louisville Gas & Electric Company, which operates an electricity-generating station at Wises landing on the Ohio River in Trimble County, has made a corporate donation, which ensures the purchase of a new food trailer for the Milton Fire & Rescue Department.

The department’s Station No. 2, located on U.S. 421N near the “crossroads” intersection where Palmyra Road and Old Milton/Bedford Pike cross U.S. 421, was a total loss as a result of the tornadoes that swept through Trimble County on Friday, March 2.

An engine parked in one of the bays of the fire station and the department’s fish fry trailer, parked outside were also total losses. While insurance coverage guaranteed the replacement of the fire station, the loss of the trailer was not covered, Fire Chief Jason Long said at the time.

“It’s our pleasure to present the Milton Fire Department a check for $40,000 to purchase their food trailer,” Tom Crutcher, General Manager of the LG&E Trimble County Generating Station at Wises Landing, said. “I understand they raise a lot of their funds for equipment purchases with the use of that food trailer. We’re happy to help in a small way to help them get back on their feet.”

Crutcher was joined in making the presentation to Chief Long by Mitch Slaughter, Production Supervisor at the LG&E Trimble County Generating Station and LG&E employee Justin McQueary.

“I don’t know what we would have done without it,” Milton Fire Chief Jason Long said of the donation. “This check is a huge thing. It not only helps us now but it’s going to help us for years down the road” by providing a food trailer with which to hold fundraising events.

“We’re proud to be a good corporate citizen,” Crutcher said, and recognized the efforts of McQueary, who is also one of the volunteers who make Milton Fire & Rescue a vital part of the Trimble County community. “People like Justin give their heart and soul to volunteer at the fire department. This is something that’s near and dear to him. We’re proud to have him working at LG&E. He’s a fine young man.”