Freeze Warning expires at 9:00 AM on 4/17, issued at 3:24 AM Allen, KY | Annville, KY | Artemus, KY | Ary, KY

Firefighters Quit

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 11/04/2011 2:33 pm
  "I do not feel protected at all," says Troy Hafley.

      People who live and work in Hustonville are in fear for their safety, after more than a dozen volunteer firefighters, including the fire chief,  abruptly quit Wednesday night following claims they abused the fire hall.  The mayor says the fire chief recently allowed people into the department's building to change into costume before heading to a nearby haunted house and then left it unlocked.  He says if someone would've gotten hurt; it would've been the city's fault.
     Paul Gray, is one of the firefighters who walked off the job and he also owns the haunted house.  He says he's hired a lawyer and can't go into details about what happened but it wasn't an easy decision.

     "It was very hard.  I talked to my wife about it and I made the decision. And, it was also hard knowing that I own a business in town that if something happens to my business, it's no loner covered under fire protection," explains Gray.

     The mayor says if the remaining firefighters need help, they will reach out to Moreland or Lincoln County's Fire Departments.  But, many who live here say that extra time can be a matter of life and death.

     "Five minutes is a big difference.  If our firefighters get here in a minute and a half and then the ones from the county come here five minutes later, that can make a big difference between losing something or having a  little kitchen fire," comments Paul Isaacs.

     "I think this town has no coverage right now, as far as fire protection.  My house caught on fire and I know how long it takes to get people to respond. If there's a fire in Lincoln County and that crews already on a call and we have a fire here, do we have to wait for the next county?  I mean, how are we going to be covered?" asks Hafley.

     The assistant fire chief has been promoted to fire chief.  A meeting about the changes is planned for Thursday night at 7.
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Two Men Injured In Violent Crash In Laurel County
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said two London men were airlifted to UK Hospital after the car they were in left Wyan Road Tuesday night and hit a tree head-on.
Proposed Walmart In Versailles Causing Controversy
A Walmart Supercenter may be coming to Versailles, but families there have mixed feelings about the development. Video Video
Former Pastor Accepts Plea Deal to Sex Abuse Charges
A former Wayne County pastor who had been indicted on 13 counts of rape in 2011 accepted a plea deal Tuesday.
Lawmakers toughen accountability for districts
A bill aimed at strengthening accountability standards for Kentucky's school districts has won final approval from state lawmakers.
Part Of Bluegrass Pkwy. To Temporarily Close In Woodford Co.
Part of the Bluegrass Parkway in Woodford County will be temporarily closed Thursday. The state said crews would be cleaning up rock slide debris from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital. supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.