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Being a newbie at Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, Chris Taylor says he didn’t expect to be named Rescuer of the Year.
“I wasn’t able to make it to the Christmas dinner [where the awards where handed out],” Taylor said. “I found out by people calling me. I was surprised, being one of the new guys over here.”
While he is new at Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, Taylor had been with Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue for 10 years before fire and rescue merged last fall.
Nothing really changed with the merger, Taylor said. And, going from a medical operation to a fire/rescue operation wasn’t that much of a stretch for him. In addition to his role as engineer at Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, Taylor is a captain at Breeding Volunteer Fire Department in Adair County.
Taylor’s father, the late Wendell Taylor, was chief of Adair County Rescue for many years, and Taylor grew up learning about the business.
When Taylor was old enough, he enrolled in the explorer’s program, which lets high school students get a taste of emergency services. He has never turned back since.
“I’ve just always loved the job,” Taylor said. “I get paid to do something I love.”
And he does it well, as evidenced by his peers naming him Rescuer of the Year.
“Since we only took over the rescue side in September, we let the Rescue people who came over pick the rescuer,” said Bill Hall, assistant fire and rescue chief. “Chris is a very knowledgeable person,” Hall said. “And he is very skilled at water rescue.”
Taylor said he still loves the job after all these years.
“To be able to do something you want to do, and to be able to help people, is something I love,” he said.
And as Rescuer of the Year, Taylor said he has to work hard to continue to deserve that title.
“I just have a higher standard to keep up for the next guy,” he said.
Taylor and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Adair County.