City council honors city firefighters who took part in national firefighter challenge

Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 — A four-member team of members of the Bardstown Fire Department were given special recognition Tuesday night by the Bardstown City Council for their participation in the Scott Firefighter World Combat Challenge.

The event, held Oct. 28th in Louisville pitted 250 teams of firefighters against one another in a competition that attracted firefighters from 46 states and 14 countries.


Jared Gant, Mike Alden, Ernie Pyle, Derrick Gribbins participated in the team relay category, coming in 61 out of the 250 teams, and breaking their personal record by 10 seconds in the finals.

The firefighters funded their own entry fees and travel costs to compete in a Sept. 10 preliminary team relay event in Missouri where the team qualified for the
World Competition. Jared Gant was not able to attend the event in Missouri, so Casey Hennessy (a full-time Louisville firefighter and part-time firefighter in Bardstown) filled in for Gant on that trip.

This is the first year the city fire department has competed in a Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, firefighter Ernie Pyle told the council Tuesday night. He said the team plans to compete again next year in the event.

HISTORIC REVIEW BOARD COAs. As part of Tuesday’s council meeting, the council approved the recommendations forwarded by the Historic Review Board for three certificates of appropriateness.

COA-17-65. Edward Seay, applicant/owner, 111 West John Fitch Ave. The HRB recommendation was approval of a proposed deck and patio.

COA-17-95. American Legion Post 121, applicant/owner, 206 West Broadway St. Recommended approval to install a fence at the rear of the building. Final color will be approved by the preservation coordinator.

COA-17-96 Design Committee of Bardstown Main Street program, applicant; owner City of Bardstown and Nelson County. Approval of a request to install six ashtray receptacles and one pet waste disposal system dowtown.


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