Stanford EMS complex dedicated

Stanford EMS Director Ashley Powell, right, cuts the ribbon during a dedication cermony for the new EMS headquarters Friday. Powell was accompanied by EMS Board Chairman T.J. Powell, left, and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.). (Ben Kleppinger / / October 24, 2012)

STANFORD — A who's who of Lincoln County leaders showed up Friday afternoon to dedicate the new Stanford EMS headquarters in memory of a Lincoln resident who is fondly remembered by many.

The newly named Cindy Snow Hill Memorial Emergency Medical Services and Training Complex houses living space for on-duty EMS personnel, a large vehicle bay, training space and more along U.S. 27 south of Lincoln County High School.

The complex's namesake, Cindy Snow Hill, was the wife of Stanford EMS Board of Directors Chairman T.J. Hill. After becoming unexpectedly ill in 2011, she died March 31.

David Gambrel opened the dedication by leading the more than 80 people gathered in a prayer. Gambrel said he had mixed emotions about the event because "I'd rather it be named for someone else, because I'd rather her still be with us."

Following EMS Director Ashley Powell's introduction and welcome, many local leaders, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, spoke about Cindy Hill and her dedication to her Lincoln County community.

Chandler said he has known T.J. Hill all his life and counts him among his closest friends.

"Cindy Hill was a truly lovely human being and there are many people who will miss her greatly," he said. "I am so sorry that you all (Snow and Hill families) lost her — so sorry we all lost her."

Incoming state Rep. David Meade read a statement memorializing Cindy Hill that was passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives after her death.

"Cindy Darlene Snow Hill will be deeply missed by all whose lives were touched by her remarkable presence," Meade read from the statement, signed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Boyle Rep. Mike Harmon.

Fort Logan Hospital President Mike Jackson said it "warms my heart" to see a place like an EMS headquarters thats mission is serving the community dedicated to a person who was similarly community-focused.

Cindy Hill served as a Sunday school teacher and treasurer at Kings Mountain Christian Church. She also helped lead Cub Scout Pack 148 in Stanford and served on the Lincoln County Educational Fund board.

Her husband T.J., who works as a Stanford police officer in addition to his EMS board duties, said even after she got sick, Cindy was still more concerned about the well-being of those around her.

"She was a tremendously community-oriented individual," he said. "A truly remarkable woman."

T.J. Hill said he is proud to work with an "amazing" team at Stanford EMS and commended Powell for his work as director, crediting him with making the move to the new headquarters possible.

"We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Ashley," he said.

Lincoln County Judge-Executive Jim Adams said Stanford EMS made an excellent move and the new location will improve quality-of-life in the county and make it more attractive place for people to move to.

It's a much-needed upgrade from the EMS' former location on South Second Street, he said.

"They've been in a flooded building for quite a few years now and they've trudged on," he said.

In 1996, more than five feet of water flooded the old EMS headquarters and flooding has threatened multiple times since, including in 2011 when the building had to be evacuated.

Stanford EMS purchased the property and buildings that are now its new headquarters for $199,900 in April. T.J. Hill estimated earlier this year that renovations to the two buildings would cost around $50,000.