FRANKFORT – Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, joined Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker and other park officials Monday at an event to honor the employees at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup for their quick response during and in the aftermath of the October 4 fire at the park lodge.
Following an introduction by Commissioner Walker, Senator Webb recognized the exemplary efforts by the park staff. Standing outside the closed facility, Senator Webb praised the employees, saying that “because of their quick actions, the lodge is still standing and has very little damage.” She also presented the employees with citations from the Kentucky State Senate.
“I am honored to be able to recognize these employees today. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park has some of the most dedicated and compassionate employees you will find,” said Senator Webb. “Not only did they save the lodge, but they showed courage and concern during a bad situation that could have been more tragic. These employees deserve all the praise we can give them.”
During the fire, the lodge employees evacuated more than 60 guests and the staff contained the fire to one room until firefighters were on the scene.
“There were numerous messages commending staff after that night,” said Senator Webb. “One guest said he realized that quick action of the park staff saved his life as well as the lives of his mother and other guests. Others also praised the staff for their efforts in helping evacuate guests to safety and for helping guests retrieve their luggage and personal items from the lodge. In the weeks following the fire, these employees have continued to be very resourceful and most helpful.”
Employees recognized included:
· Stephanie Poplin, resort manager, evacuated guests.
· Megan Kincaid, the night auditor, alerted Poplin of the fire and assisted with evacuating guests
· Ray Kitchen fought the fire using fire extinguishers until the firefighters were on the scene.
· Ty Lindon assisted Mr. Kitchen by running throughout the lodge gathering fire extinguishers for him.
· Brandon Dixon, along with Lindon, assisted guests with packing and loading luggage into their vehicles.
Additional Greenbo Lake employees assisted with multiple duties such as cleaning out storage areas, inventorying kitchen supplies, moving and setting up temporary office space, and many other tasks. These included: Clyde Adams, Jennifer Allen, Trace Allen, Brian Anderson, Debbie Barney, Kim Conley, Bill Cunningham, Brenda Danner, Beatrice Forbes, Amanda Gilbert, Mitzi Hendricks, Jaime Lacy, John Lott, Clifford Salmons, and Phillip Sexton, all full time employees, and Brian Allen, Brooke Arthur, Mary Harness, Dewey Haywood, Marty Jacoby, and Amanda Manning, seasonal employees.
“Thank you to each and every one of you,” said Senator Webb. “You are great ambassadors for the park and for our region. We appreciate the efforts you made during the fire and since the fire.”
Senator Webb represents the 18th district that includes Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties.