EDMONTON, Ky. (WBKO) -- Emory Kidd describes his job as a juggling act, serving as the Metcalfe County Director of Emergency Management, a member of the North Metcalfe Volunteer Fire Department, and a Chairman of the Metcalfe County Salvation Army. Despite the hard work and long hours, he says he wouldn't trade it for anything.
"Metcalfe County is home for me. And I aim for it to stay my home. It is a great bunch of people and I'm honored to work with them every day," says Kidd.
Rescue and emergency management is in his blood.
He says, "It actually goes way back to '74. My dad was one of the original founders of the North Metcalfe Rescue Squad and then in '98 I joined the volunteer fire department, and then in 2000 sort of unofficially took on a position as volunteer deputy director."
Over the years, Kidd has worked with several people in Metcalfe County.
"He's a very hardworking, passionate person," says Gaye Shaw, Executive Director of the Edmonton Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce.
She goes on to say, "People don't realize when there's an accident or any kind of emergency, weather wise, health wise, that he's called. And he doesn't get vacations, he's on call during vaction, night, day, sickness, he's always on call."
With hours like that, Kidd has been able to bring new services to Metcalfe County and help the people in the community in times of need.
"Well some of the things that he's been very active in are mitigation projects through emergency management, he was able to bring the weather radios to Metcalfe County, first one in the nation, first one in the state, he was able to bring the rescue house to Metcalfe County, that was a big step. He's had an excellent team working with him and they've been able to do a lot for the community," says Gary Fancher, Area Manager Division of Emergency Management and Chief of the North Metcalfe Fire Department.
Kidd says, "It's a calling. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."
"Whatever the task may be, he's always one to jump in there, roll his sleeves up. We work together and get whatever done needs to be done to take care of our county," says Greg Wilson, County Judge Executive. He says he's known Kidd more than 30 years.
"He's been a tremendous help at the fire department," adds Fancher. "He come in very eager to work and was always accomplishing things and quickly taking lead to get things done for the department."
Agreeing, Shaw says, "That's what I admire about him. He loves his job and he's very passionate about it."
If you ask him why he's so passionate about helping people, Kidd says,"Because you usually meet them on the worst day of their life and they don't know where they're going or what they're going to do and you can give them something or show them something that makes them smile."
Kidd says he wants to stick with his job until retirement. He's earned several awards for his service, including the Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers of the Year and Emergency Managment Director of the Year, both in 2017.
He says none of his work would be possible without support from local officials and community members.
For his selfless role behind the scenes and during rescues and dedication to not only emergency managment , but to the community of Metcalfe County as a whole, we honor Emory Kidd as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.