Volunteer Firefighter Appreciation Week in Kentucky

GLASGOW, Ky. – Recently, Governor Andy Beshear declared this week Volunteer Firefighter Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth.

At the Glasgow Fire Department, one new recruit is just getting started in his career.

“To be honest, it’s always been a dream career of mine. I just I see no better career than to spend your days having the ability to help people and maybe make their worst day, their best day, you know, just to, you know, change the bad and help them put up a better day,” Eli Edwards says.

Others on the staff, like Bo Turner, volunteer at other local area fire departments.

“You know, some guys like I’m actually I am on a volunteer department as well at South Barren. So you know, you got guys there that don’t get paid and you know they still do the job and serve their community. So it’s something really good to be a part of,” Turner says.

He has a unique background that lead him to want to serve his community.

“I was in the Marine Corps for four years. I loved to serve. And, you know, once I got out of the Marine Corps, I figured, you know, what better place to serve than than the fire department? You know, there’s a you know, a lot of similarities and, you know, brotherhood and service and all that good stuff,” Turner says.

That’s why with this week being Volunteer Firefighter Appreciation Week, it’s important to show these volunteers how valuable they are to their communities.

“Can’t say more about the guys that I work with, you know, at the department every shift. You know, I think we’ve got a solid group of guys here and at the volunteer departments as well. You know, I love it and I love working with the guys that I’m with. You know, they make it worth it,” Turner says.

“It’s great. I mean, what they do for free is it’s amazing. I mean, it helps helps everybody out,” Edwards says.