The Harlan Fiscal Court took time during a meeting on Thursday to recognize a woman for her efforts that may have saved the life of a man on Monday.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley explained the situation to the court.
“We have made an effort to recognize people in our community who make a difference,” Mosley said. “This Christmas season, people that make a difference in people’s lives is something we wanted to recognize.”
Mosley explained Kendra Williams Calhoun, who works at the Boys and Girls Club, had done such a thing within the past week.
“Kendra was at Walmart shopping on Monday,” Mosley said. “She saw someone frantically come into Walmart and notify (staff) there was a need for a doctor or nurse.”
Mosley said Calhoun had recently completed a class in CPR.
“She probably didn’t think she would have to put those skills to use that soon,” Mosley said. “But when she arrived in the parking lot, the gentleman was not breathing.”
Mosley told the court Calhoun was able to use her recently acquired skills to resuscitate the man.
“He has a second chance at life due to her heroic efforts,” Mosley said. “We thank you.”
Mosley then read a proclamation recognizing Calhoun for her efforts.
“We know that gentleman and his family are certainly grateful,” Mosley told Calhoun. “That’s an excellent story to hear around Christmas, that someone’s going to have the chance to stay with their family rather than someone’s going to have to prepare for a funeral during the Christmas season. We appreciate you, God bless you and Merry Christmas.”
The court then moved on to a resolution in honor of Jordan Smith, the recent winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”
“What I’d like to do today, is for this court to pass a resolution to ask the state transportation cabinet to construct signage to post at the county line entrances that state ‘Home of Jordan Smith, The Voice Season 9 winner,’” said Mosley. “I’ll make a motion that we do that and pay for the cost associated with the signage being made.”
The motion was passed with no opposition.
“We’re all very proud of him,” Mosley said. “We can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Mosley mentioned there will be a parade in Smith’s honor on Monday at 2:30 p.m. in Harlan with a program at 4 p.m. at the Harlan Center.
“We invite everyone that can to come,” Mosley said. “We know Congressman Hal Rogers will be here, and we have invited numerous state officials as well.”
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