Hometown Hero: Barren County First Responders

By Brett Baldeck | 

BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - With their homemade American flags waving proud, students at South Green Elementary took time to reflect on 9/11. Many are too young to remember that tragic day, but old enough to thank those who are on the front lines each and every day.

"We feel that it's important to realize and see the first responders in a positive light and it's our way to say thank you for the selfless acts that they give. They constantly are providing service to our community," says Principal Chad Muhlenkamp.

It was the 11th year for South Green's Patriot Day program, but the first where a special award was handed to a Barren County hero. Mike Swift, Director of Barren-Metcalfe EMS, was presented with the First Responder of the Year Award.

"It makes me feel very humble, but also I want to stress that I am just one person. We have an outstanding group of EMS workers," says Swift.

"It seems like that anytime there is a response somewhere, he is the one that responds to those scenes. He is one of the first ones there and for us it was just a way to say thank you for all that he has given back to Barren County," says Principal Chad Muhlenkamp.

Swift has put in nearly 39 years of service with Barren-Metcalfe EMS. The first responders that sat beside him Wednesday is what he is thankful for.

"We just had an incident just the other day at a crane wreck in Metcalfe County. It took about 3 hours to extricate the person. There were so many different agencies involved and we were all able to work together," says Swift.

For coming to our aid at a moments notice, we honor Mike Swift and all first responders as this week's Hometown Hero.

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