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Jim Taylor, president of the University of the Cumberlands, left, and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, presented a leadership award to Ronnie Biggerstaff, a mine rescue team trainer for coal supplier Alpha Natural Resources.
Jim Taylor, president of the University of the Cumberlands, left, and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, presented a leadership award to Ronnie Biggerstaff, a mine rescue team trainer for coal supplier Alpha Natural Resources.

■ Alpha Natural Resources mine rescue team trainer Ronnie Biggerstaff has been recognized for his leadership as part of the "Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership" lecture series. The event was held recently at O. Wayne Rollins Center at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

This year's theme of the lecture series, "Principled Leadership in a Time of Crisis," recognized area first responders, including Biggerstaff, and local police officers and firemen. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the guest speaker and distributed the awards.

Biggerstaff is a trainer for four mine rescue teams in the Alpha organization. Alpha Natural Resources is a leading U.S. coal supplier.

Biggerstaff trained the Black Mountain White Team, from Alpha's Southern Kentucky business unit, that took top honors at the national mine rescue competition in October.

Bates Security was named Installer of the Year at the security industry's 17th annual SAMMY Awards, presented by Security Sales & Integration magazine. The awards recognize security dealers and systems integrators who exemplify professionalism in their sales, marketing and installation efforts. The company, celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, will relocate to a new facility on Custer Drive in May. For more information, go to Batessecurity.com.

First Security Bank has received its sixth consecutive 5-star rating, the highest rating a bank can achieve, from Bauer Financial of Coral Gables, Fla. Bauer is an independent financial services ratings firm.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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