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Lyndon Fire District Awards its Highest Civilian Honor to Louisville Water Company Employee

Wednesday March 16, 2011

Randy Mingus, an emergency turner for Louisville Water, was driving along Lyndon Lane last September as part of his work day when he noticed smoke pouring from an apartment building. The Lyndon Fire Department believes Mingus’ quick thinking saved lives and as a result, awarded him the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. Lyndon Fire Chief Russell Rakestraw and Major John Stich presented Mingus the award at the water company’s March board meeting.

When Mingus came upon the scene on September 30th, he immediately called 9-1-1 and then went inside the apartment building, alerting residents to evacuate. He helped several people leave the building and prevented one person from opening a door as he noticed the paint melting. When Lyndon firefighters arrived, the attic and upper apartment floors were in flames. Mingus stayed on the scene, helping to calm children. “Mr. Mingus is an excellent example of a hero among us”, said Lyndon Fire Chief Russell Rakestraw. “His heroic actions made a difference and we are pleased to be able to honor him with this award.”

Mingus has worked at Louisville Water for 21 years. The Civilian Meritorious Service Medal is the highest honor a fire department can bestow on a civilian and is reserved for individuals who put themselves in extreme danger and help save lives. “Randy’s actions exemplify the commitment our employees bring to the communities we serve,” said Greg Heitzman, President and CEO of Louisville Water. “We’re proud of his actions and glad he was able to help so many people safely evacuate.”