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Car vs. House
At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2005, a car was driven into a house at the corner of East Williams and North Main Street. Elizabethtown Police Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department, and the electrical utility company responded. No injuries were reported. The incident is under investigation.
Structure Fire in Rineyville
Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Rineyville School Road at 9 p.m. November 15, 2005. Rineyville Fire Department, with mutual aid from Kentucky 86 Fire Department, battled the blaze for three hours during a thunderstorm. The house was destroyed. No one was at home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation, but lightning is the suspected cause.
Woods Fire on Battle Training Road
A series of fires broke
out in wooded areas in Hardin County Saturday evening, November 12, 2005.
The most intense of the fires erupted atop a hill along the 8000 block of Battle
Training Road. Central Hardin Fire Department was dispatched just after 8 p.m.
and spent the next seven hours fighting to contain and extinguish a ring of fire
that descended through the woods, fueled by dry conditions and fanned by a
variable wind. At the height of the fire, fifty-six firefighters from six
departments worked together on the scene to bring the flames under control.
Woods Fire in Nelson County
A series of fires broke out on forested hilltops Saturday evening, November 12, 2005. The fires burned at four locations in Hardin County, including a wooded area of Fort Knox. A fifth fire torched a hilltop in Nelson County in an area called Keith Knob. Lebanon Junction Fire Department battled the blaze.
Woods Fire on Mud Splash Road
Glendale Fire Department was dispatched to a woods fire on Mud Splash Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2005. Central Hardin, Sonora, and Stephensburg fire departments provided mutual aid.
Live Fire Training in Glendale
Glendale Fire Department hosted live fire training at a donated house on Sportsman's Lake Road Road Saturday morning, October 29, 2005. Participating fire departments included Kentucky 86 and Stephensburg.
The National Guard Family Readiness Group hosted Celebrity Donkey Basketball at E'town High School Saturday evening, October 22. Fire and Police faced off in the first of three games. The hardest rule to follow? In order to score points, a player must be astride a donkey! The Fire team emerged as the evening’s Donkey Basketball Champions. No humans or donkeys were harmed in the playing of this game.
MVA at St. John Road / Cecilia Road
Central Hardin Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Friday, September 30, 2005, on Bardstown Road. A dump truck loaded with topsoil overturned and caught fire. The truck was a total loss.
MVA at St. John Rd. / Langley Trace
A two-vehicle collision resulted in one fatality Friday afternoon, September 30, 2005, at the intersection of Langley Trace and St. John Road. Police report that the driver of a 1998 Mercury Sable failed to yield the right of way as he turned left off Langley Trace onto St. John Road. He pulled out in front of a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup, which struck the left front side of the Sable. The Sable overturned after striking the guard rail of the bridge and came to rest in the grass on its roof. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner. Elizabethtown Police Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department, and Hardin County Ambulance Service responded to the scene.
Controlled Burn in Rinevyille
Rineyville Fire Department monitored the controlled burn of a barn on Thompson Road Tuesday afternoon, September 6, 2005. The area is being cleared in preparation for the construction of a new subdivision.
Barn Fire on Dixie Hwy
At 11 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2005, Sonora Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Dixie Hwy. Firefighters arrived to find a barn already fully involved. Upton Fire Department responded to provide mutual aid.
The DUI Standards Program is practiced one weekend each month in Hardin and Madison Counties in Kentucky, as well as in select counties within the other seven states in the southeast region. Representatives from every law enforcement agency in Hardin County – Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Vine Grove, and West Point Police Departments, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Hardin County Sheriffs Office, and a Hardin County Constable – work together at the checkpoint. Each month DUI Standards is hosted by a different agency.
On Saturday evening, August 20, 2005, the checkpoint was hosted by Vine Grove Police Department. At 9:45 p.m., more than twenty officers set up a roadblock at mile marker 4 on Hwy 313. Officers parked along both sides of the highway, leaving space between their vehicles for violators who would need room to pull over.
Drivers traveling between Dixie Highway and Interstate 65 were stopped to have their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance checked by one of the officers standing on the center line. Several DUI arrests were made before the checkpoint concluded at 2 a.m.
The purpose of this three to four-year project is to set standards for the state to follow regarding DUI offences.
Water Supply Training
Elizabethtown Fire Department burned a house on Taylor Lane, Thursday, July 14, 2005. Firefighters conducted water supply training during the burn.
Semi Fire on I-65
Glendale Fire Department responded to a semi fire near mile marker 85 on I-65 south on Tuesday, July 05, 2005. The semi was partially loaded with pallets of apples. It was fully involved upon their arrival and was a total loss. Sonora Fire Department provided mutual aid. Kentucky State Police also responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.
Rescue Response on I-65
On Tuesday, July 05, 2005, a motorist called Kentucky State Police to report a climber stranded on the rock face near the 98 mile marker along I-65 north. Central Hardin Fire Department and Elizabethtown Fire Rescue responded along with Kentucky State Police. LifeNet flew over the site to assist with the search, which continued for approximately one hour. No climber was located.
Training for High Risk Traffic Stops
Twenty-five students representing fourteen departments attended a professional development course at Elizabethtown Police Headquarters June 28 through July 1. Patrol/Traffic Skills Revisited was presented by Police Instructors Lewis Nugent and Stan Patton of the Department of Criminal Justice Training. The course addressed a comprehensive range of topics, including Crimes in Progress Calls, Roadblocks, and Responding to Disturbance Calls.
Barn Fire on Osborne Lane
Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Osborne Lane at 1:48 a.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005. A barn filled with 600 round bales of hay was fully
involved upon their arrival. Rineyville responded with four apparatus and 16
firefighters. Central Hardin and Radcliff Fire Departments provided mutual aid
with two apparatus and 10 firefighters. Hardin County Ambulance Service and
Kentucky State Police were also at the scene.
Girl Scouts Tour Elizabethtown Fire Station
Girl Scout Troop 130 visited Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 Saturday, May 28, 2005. Firefighter Andy Perry taught a one-hour fire safety class that included a video presentation and a tour of Tower 1. The children also watched Perry put on his turnout gear and learned that they should not be afraid of a firefighter in uniform.
Water Shuttle Class
Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, and Rineyville firefighters participated in a Water Shuttle Class at Bowen Training Center Wednesday evening, May 18, 2005.
Auction Barn Structure Fire
Rineyville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the Auction Barn at 2:58 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2005. Radcliff and Central Hardin Fire Departments provided mutual aid. A Hardin County Sheriff’s unit assisted with blocking the road so that firefighters could access the hydrant on the other side of the street. Kentucky State Police were also notified for assistance with traffic. The fire was brought under control and the road was reopened to traffic at 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.
Water Supply Class
Central Hardin Fire Department hosted a Water Supply Class at Bowen Training Center in Elizabethtown on Wednesday, April 20, 2005.
Field Fire on Valley Creek Road
Valley Creek Fire Department responded to a field fire on Valley Creek Road Tuesday, April 5, 2005. Central Hardin and LaRue County Fire Departments provided mutual aid.
I-65 MVA at Mile Marker 93
An Indiana resident died in a three-vehicle accident near Elizabethtown Wednesday night, March 23, 2005. Kentucky State Police records indicate that Larry Railey of Cave City, KY, fell asleep while driving his semi truck on I-65. At 10:20 p.m. his truck left the southbound lane near the 93 mile marker, crossed the median, and clipped the rear of a northbound semi truck driven by Kenyard Johns, Jr., of Hancebille, Alabama. Another northbound semi, driven by 70-year-old Cecil Barber of Indianapolis, then ran into the rear of Johns’ vehicle. Barber’s truck caught fire, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Larry Railey was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing, and no criminal charges are expected at this time. Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to the fire. Central Hardin Fire Department provided mutual aid.
OC Spray Training
Five Special Deputies from the Hardin County Sheriffs Office trained in the use of OC spray Tuesday evening, March 15, 2005. Greg Lowe, Rob Cooper, Tony Scott, Sr., Jim Gray, and Mike Wheeler attended a slide show and lecture class hosted by Deputies Don Howard and Thomas Bingham at the Bowen Training Center. The class addressed such issues as the use of pepper spray in its three forms - fog, ballistic stream, and foam - deployment considerations and tactics, levels of contamination, decontamination procedures, and filing written reports detailing incidents in which pepper spray is used. A written exam concluded the classroom work, after which the group assembled for practical exercises.
Each participant was required to successfully draw, hold, and deploy the unit, and to demonstrate his ability to evaluate and react both to using the spray and to being sprayed. Training began with the use of practice canisters, so that each trainee could practice aiming at a target and learn the extent the stream would reach. After this, the participants took turns experiencing OC contamination.
OC has a general reaction time of one to five seconds. Each deputy stood in a designated starting point and placed a hand over his nose and one eye. From a distance of approximately ten feet, Bingham sprayed a burst of OC onto the deputy’s exposed eye. The deputy blinked for two or three seconds until the effects of the OC were felt, and then advanced to the first exposure drill. Four drill stations allowed the deputies to demonstrate their ability to function despite the painful effects of OC. Each participant had to react to threats of physical assault, take control of a suspect, and follow through with an arrest. The Hardin County Ambulance Service assisted with decontamination after each deputy completed the drills.
Auto vs. Freight Train
A Nissan Frontier pickup truck rests atop another vehicle beside the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Glendale Saturday night, February 26, 2005, after being struck by a freight train. Witnesses told Kentucky State Police that despite audible and visible crossing signals and the constant whistle of the train, the driver attempted to beat it to the KY 222 crossing and was struck on the driver's side by the northbound CSX locomotive. The driver was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries and has been charged with DUI. Glendale Fire Department remained on the scene for two hours to assist Hardin County Ambulance Service and to direct traffic. Hardin County Emergency Management responded as a precautionary measure because the train was carrying hazardous materials.
Survival and Rescue Training
Area firefighters participated in Survival & Rescue Training at Bowen Training Center in Elizabethtown on January 29 and 30, 2005. They practiced the Ladder Bail-Out Technique Saturday afternoon.
Live Fire Training
Firefighters from Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, Glendale, Kentucky 86, Sonora, Upton, Valley Creek, and West 84 Fire Departments participated in a live fire training exercise on Saturday, January 15, at a donated house in Sonora. When training was completed, the house was allowed to burn to the ground.
I-65 MVA at Mile Marker 86
On January 12, 2005, at 9:40 a.m., Kentucky State Police responded to an injury accident on I-65. A 36-year-old man from Chestnut, Illinois, was driving a semi tractor trailer northbound when he entered the median and crossed the southbound lanes about one mile north of Glendale. The vehicle overturned and struck a tree on the west side of the interstate. The driver was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for moderate injuries and released. Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane for approximately five hours during the accident investigation. Hardin County EMS, Glendale Fire Department, and the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement assisted KSP on the scene.
Stop Sticks Training
Members of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office met at Addington Field on January 12, 2005, to practice the use of Stop Sticks. The Sheriff's department recently purchased Stop Sticks to carry in ten vehicles. Stop Sticks have multi-directional spikes that safely deflate tires without causing blowout. Hollow quills remain in the tires and act as valves that release the air at a controlled rate. Stop Sticks are grouped three or four to a sleeve. A single officer can deploy the Stop Stick set across the road and pull it into position using the eighty-foot cord reel. After the fleeing vehicle has run over the Sticks, the officer pulls it out of the way of the pursuit vehicle.
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