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Coventry Oak fifth grader tapped as 2021 junior fire chief

Ashlynn Stephens shakes hands with Chief Jason Wells (photo courtesy of LFUCG)

Lexington’s honorary junior fire chief for 2021 is Ashlynn Stephens, a fifth grader at Coventry Oak Elementary. “The fire service is facing unique challenges that require strong leadership,” said Chief Jason Wells. “We are eager to put Ashlynn’s skill and experience to work, and we welcome her to our ranks.”

In a Sept. 16 ceremony at school, Ashlynn received an official badge pinned to her uniform. She will be busy appearing on local news shows, touring businesses and Lexington landmarks, and attending meetings with the fire chief and city council. She will also serve as an ambassador during the fire department’s 150th anniversary events.

“This is a special year to be junior fire chief,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “As our fire department celebrates its 150th anniversary, we are also keeping our eye on the future – planning to meet the needs of Ashlynn and all of Lexington’s young people.”

Did you know? This year’s Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, and the theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."

Source and photo credit: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

(Posted Sept. 20, 2021)