"A little respect is all we ask for"; Leslie County Firefighter Memorial Park vandalized

Published: Nov. 25, 2019 at 5:19 PM EST
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As graffiti covers signs, concrete and playground equipment, Leslie County natives are devastated to see the place where they come to remember fallen heroes vandalized.

"Its a special place to everybody, especially the firefighters, because it is dedicated to their family and the ones who lost their lives," said Savannah Farmer, a volunteer with Wooton Fire and Rescue.

Built more than 10 years ago, the Leslie County Firefighter Memorial Park holds a special place in many hearts but, after seeing the damage, the feeling is different for those who pay their respects there.

"It is hard to see when someone comes up here and spray-paints all over the sign. It is not just a sign to me or anybody else in the county," said Ronnie Dillon, whose grandfather helped build the park.

Though paint may wash off, the feeling of disrespect for those who sacrificed so much for the community will linger on.

"We do not ask for anything to get out and do what we do 365 days a year. A little respect is all we ask for," Farmer explained.

If you have any information about this vandalism you can contact the Leslie County Sheriff's Department at 606-672-2200.