BRIEFS: Lexington police officer called a lifesaver

A Lexington police officer was nominated for a Lifesaving Award after pulling a woman from a smoke-filled apartment.

On May 25, Officer Justin Pereslucka arrived at a fire on McCullough Drive ahead of fire officials.

Outside the apartment, Pereslucka could smell smoke and hear smoke detectors going off inside. Neighbors told him they thought the tenant was still inside. He knocked on the door and got no response, so he kicked in the door.

Pereslucka found the tenant unconscious on the couch. He pulled her to safety, and shortly after the fire department arrived and gave medical care to the victim.

Lifesaver Awards will be handed out at a banquet at the end of the year.

Fire chief at conference

On June 30, Lexington fire Chief Robert Hendricks spoke to the 2010 Fire and Rescue Conference in Harrogate, England, on the value of sprinkler systems in timber-frame construction.

Hendricks is immediate past president of the Metropolitan Chiefs Association, an organization of fire chiefs from the largest 125 departments in the United States. The association's member departments all have 400 or more uniformed members. Lexington has 545.

Hendricks became president of the Metropolitan Chiefs Association last August, and he will now serve on the executive board of the organization for a year.

In England, sprinklers are required in buildings of six stories or more. In Kentucky, they are required in multihousing buildings of three stories or more.

Free workshop series

The Arboretum, in collaboration with Lexington and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will offer a series of free sustainability seminars and workshops.

The Planning a Successful Community Garden Workshop will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive. The instructor will be Miranda Hileman, a Fayette County Compton Fellow in School and Community Gardening.

Topics covered will include your gardening goal; impact and value to the surrounding community; organization, management and logistics; equipment; and a philosophy for developing guidelines, strategies and commitments to your garden space and fellow gardeners.

Another workshop, Growing a Successful Community Garden, will be Sept. 21. Call (859) 257-6955 to register.