Campbell County Office of Emergency Management Director Bill Turner was recognized by the Campbell County Fiscal Court Wednesday for his induction into the Kentucky Emergency Management Association Hall of Fame.
Recipients were selected from peer nominations for their contributions to making Kentucky a safer place. Turner was also recognized earlier this month by the Kentucky Emergency Management Association during the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference award ceremony.
“It’s an honor and privilege for me to stand before you to recognize a person who’s a remarkable individual, and it has been a constant for decades,” Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery said. “Someone whose dedication and unwavering commitment to public safety and emergency preparedness has left an incredible impact on Campbell County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Pendery called the award a lifetime achievement for Turner’s career, which spans over two decades.
“The people that work and train, during their careers to protect, defend, and make safe for the rest of us are heroes, whether there’s an emergency or not,” Pendery said.
In Turner’s case, there have been 13 presidential disaster declarations that he’s worked on as a Northern Kentucky Emergency Management Area Coordinator.
“I remember this gentleman (Pendery) saying to me that he tried to hire the best people; they could find positions and then get out of the way and let them do the job, and I found that to be very true,” Turner said. “The only times I hear from the judge is usually when something’s going on in the county, and he’s calling to make sure that we have everything we need to address those issues. So, his support has been vital to that. The commissioners have also been vital. They’ve always been willing to support us and what we’ve asked for everything we need.”
When Turner came to Campbell County to work, he noticed a need for more training opportunities for the county and regionally. He has since organized 30-plus classes annually covering topics from natural disaster response to manmade catastrophe management.
Other accomplishments of Turner include contributions to upgrading the Campbell County hazardous materials control ordinance and being instrumental in securing grant money, including over $400,000 in just the last two years. Those funds are used for upgrades such as new Campbell County dispatch center and emergency operations center equipment.
Some aspects that Turner has obtained for the county include five specialized trailers for animal shelters, distribution points, search and rescue, and general shelters.
“First responders are the backbone of our community,” Pendery said. “They stand between us literally in chaos; they stand between us and tragedy, and individuals like Bill Turner ensure that the brave men and women doing those jobs have the resources, the training, and the coordination to do their jobs effectively and often within inspired fashion.”