Longtime Lexington Firefighter Dies At 68

Longtime Lexington Firefighter Dies At 68

James Best, a longtime Lexington Firefighter and the first African American to hold an officer position with the department died Wednesday night.
A longtime Lexington Firefighter who dedicated 38 years to the department died Wednesday night.

James Best was 68 years old. He first joined the department in 1970, and was the first African American firefighter in Lexington to hold an officer position. He was promoted seven years after he joined the department in 1977. 

Keith Jackson, the current Lexington Fire Chief said Best developed the department's first outreach public broadcast TV program called "In Case Of Fire." 

"In Case Of Fire Program was probably one of the more popular programs introduced by GTV, which put us out into the community, and allowed the community to be part of the division of fire," said Jackson.

Funeral Services will be held for Best on Saturday February 9th at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow.
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