The city of Lexington has a new Junior Fire Chief. Ashlynn Stephens, a fifth grade student at Coventry Oak Elementary School, was given the honorary title today by Fire Chief Jason Wells, at a ceremony held 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.”
Ashlynn was presented with an official badge that was pinned to her new Lexington Fire Department uniform. The Junior Fire Chief program has been around for decades serving as a fire education and prevention program for kids in Fayette County. The honorary Junior Fire Chief title is given annually to a Fayette County fifth-grade student.
“Congratulations, Ashlynn, and welcome to the Lexington Fire Department!” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “This is a special year to be Junior Fire Chief. 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.”
The Junior Fire Chief will serve as a fire department dignitary during the department’s 150th Anniversary events, and during October, which is Fire Prevention month. Stephens will appear on local news shows, tour several businesses and Lexington landmarks, and attend meetings with the Fire Chief and City Council. Additionally, Stephens will serve the LFD as an ambassador during the 150th Anniversary events.