9-1-1 Hero: Versailles Police Officer Jordan Lyons

Growing up as a kid in Harrodsburg, Jordan Lyons would hear stories from his uncle about being a police officer. Those stories helped serve as inspiration to serve the community in law enforcement.

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VERSAILLES, KY (WTVQ)- The additional dangers first responders face during this global pandemic are well-documented. They are at greater risk because of the nature of their already dangerous jobs, but the job still has to be done.

That’s why our 911 heroes are more deserving than ever of recognition.

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Growing up as a kid in Harrodsburg, Jordan Lyons would hear stories from his uncle about being a police officer. Those stories helped serve as inspiration to serve the community in law enforcement.

Now, Lyons heads into year 10 as an officer, nine at the Versailles Police Department. Lyons loves serving in a small town like Versailles.

While he’s had to respond to some of the worst situations, he’s been able to see some of the best.Knowing that he can help or potentially save a life is what motivates him to serve in versailles.

After 10 years on duty, the biggest thing he’s learned from his early days as an officer is to not be gung-ho on the job and to instead develop strong relationships with the people of the community.

“When you develop a relationship with someone in the community and neighborhood, they feel comfortable coming to you and saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got this going on in my neighborhood. Can you help me out,?’ They can come to you personally and feel comfortable, said Lyons. “That’s the kind of relationships I’m talking about. Treat people with respect. Treat people with how you want to be treated. Don’t let this badge make your head bigger than what it is because people respect it and giving people their due respect will take you a long way.”

With folks having to stay at home during the coronavirus, Lyons and other officers are finding other ways to keep that community relationship strong. He said they’re taking birthday requests from parents and are driving by homes with their sirens on and music playing to wish that kid a happy birthday.

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Austin Miller joins ABC 36 Sports Team as a Sports Reporter and Weekend Anchor. Austin is from the Louisville area and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008. Austin graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a second concentration in German. While at IU, Austin was a blogger at Kentsterling.com and co-host, producer and engineer for WIUX, the school’s student radio station. Before coming to ABC 36, Austin was a news videographer at WLFI in West Lafayette from 2012-2015. While working with WLFI, Austin had the chance to cover the Purdue Boilermakers. He then accepted a Sports/New Reporter position at Local 4 KSNB-TV in Hastings Nebraska and was eventually promoted to sports full-time as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. While at KSNB-TV, Austin covered the University of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Hastings College. After spending nearly six years away from home, Austin is excited to return to the Bluegrass State to cover the teams he grew up watching. In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing basketball, working out and cooking. If you have any story ideas or would like to say “Hello,” you can reach Austin by email at amiller@wtvq.com or direct message him on Twitter @AustinMillerTV.