A man who served on the staff of the Pennyroyal Center for over three decades, including a stint as Executive Director, was killed this afternoon in a farming accident in northeastern Christian County.
Christian County Sheriff Livy Leavell says 72-year old Tom Westerfield of Greenville Road was killed on a farm near the 9000 block of Greenville Road when he was thrown from an older-style tractor while bush-hogging. Sheriff Leavell says Westerfield apparently hit a small drainage ditch on the tractor that doesn’t have a cab, knocking him to the ground.
The tractor and disengaged bush hog ran over Westerfield, though he was still able to call 911 on his cell phone to say he had been injured. Dispatchers “pinged” his cell phone to pinpoint his location, but Sheriff Leavell says Westerfield was already dead when first responders arrived.
Westerfield served as Executive Director of the Pennyroyal Center from 1995 until 2002, but also spent time as Director for Administrative Services and Associate Executive Director. Westerfield was credited for significant progress made during his tenure, including establishing the 24 hour “RESPOND” center.
He also stayed busy following his retirement ten years ago, known to be active as a volunteer for a number of charities and at First Baptist Church where he was a member.
He is survived by six sons—State Senate candidate Whitney, Wesley, Charlie, Ben, Chris and Matthew and his wife Gina.
A large crowd gathered this morning in Hopkinsville at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 19-13 to honor and remember the selfless firefighters who lost their lives while saving others and the thousands of victims of the 9-11 tragedy.
Vietnam Veteran and Commander of the local VFW Post, John Brame says today’s ceremony was not about who attended the service, but a way for people to remember what happened in the past.
Graham speaks to Fiscal Court
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham was recognized at this morning’s Fiscal Court meeting after recently winning a statewide award.
Graham became the first emergency manager from western Kentucky to ever receive the Outstanding Support and Service award from the Division of Emergency Management.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said the recognition came partly due to Graham’s assistance last spring in West Liberty, Kentucky after a tornado leveled much of that town.
Judge Tribble says Graham has also gone to neighboring counties over the years to assist with training and that is also part of the reason for the recognition.
In other business, Fiscal Court moved quickly through a routine agenda, approving the county’s five year solid waste management plan.
September 11th, 2001 fell on the second Tuesday of the month just as it did this year-meaning Christian Fiscal Court was meeting while perhaps the nation’s worst morning was unfolding.
County Attorney Mike Foster says he and others were watching the initial bulletins before that morning’s meeting after the first plane hit the world trade center.
The second plane struck the other tower only moments before he walked out of Judge Steve Tribble’s office for the court meeting and that’s when everyone knew it was much more than an accident.
Fiscal court observed a moment of silence at the beginning of this morning’s meeting to remember the victims.