NTSB Honors First Responders Of Comair Crash

More than a year after the crash of Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington's first responders are still being honored.

The National Transportation Safety Board heaped praise on those who answered the call for help that August morning in 2006, during a ceremony at the city government center today.

Mayor Jim Newberry and Police Chief Anthany Beatty accepted plaques from the NTSB on behalf of the first responders.

This is the first time the NTSB has recognized a community in this way in the aftermath of a crash.

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  • by Toofy Location: Nicklessville on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    My dentist said I have plaque
  • by Anonymos Location: Lexington on Nov 5, 2007 at 08:31 PM
    The bottom line is that the NTSB rewarded the first responders and the community for what they dealt with when they arrived.I had close friends on the plane and see what the NTSB did as just a thanks to everyone involved.So it hangs in the Mayor's office.So what,the recognition of an entire community was rewarded and it hangs where it will be even after Mayor Newberry is gone.Can't we just accept that a thank you was given after a tragedy and just be glad it was handled with honor and grace?Thank you first responders and Lexington for being there during a time of tragedy.
  • by Ashley Location: London on Nov 3, 2007 at 05:15 PM
    I wouldn't be worrying about some plaque! There were peoples lives lost! You shouldn't worry about getting a reward! Who cares where it is located! We lost many people that day! All you can worry about is a plaque.
  • by WD Location: Kentucky on Nov 3, 2007 at 04:23 PM
    If those same police officers had been killed or injured during the rescue.The city would be screaming they knew better.OSHA would fined the city for every police officer who entered the hot zone without PPE and or training in aircraft rescue!Who knows what workers comp would have said about police officers injuried without PPE and or training for this type of incident!If everything goes well the mayor gets plaque!If the responders would have been injured due to lack of PPE or training the investigations would likely started with us.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    The NTSB also forgot about the people who were prepared to take care of the passengers that never came to our hospital and the 50 that took care of the 1.
  • by tracy on Nov 3, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    If things would of been done right nobody would have gotten a plaque. The victim's would still be alive and with there family.
  • by bigmama Location: richmond on Nov 3, 2007 at 06:52 AM
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Nov 2, 2007 at 05:53 PM
    I agree that this plaque needs to be in the Airport DPS and not the mayor's office. Newberry wasn't around, and the mayor at the time didn't do anything to save lives. That's not the mayor's job, it's the first responder's job and they deserve ALL the recognition...politicos deserve no praise out of this.
  • by mike Location: versailles on Nov 2, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    So the mayor gets a pretty plaque, and the responders, such as myself, recieve nothing! Newberry wasn't even mayor when this occured, the plaque should at least have the names of the first responders on it, and be at the airport, not in someones private office!


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