The City of Kokomo has been awarded the distinguished Luminary Award for Emergency Response from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).
In selecting Kokomo, NIPSCO officials cited, “The City of Kokomo and its Emergency Response Team is being recognized for its response to the devastating tornadoes that caused widespread damage on November 17, 2013. The tornado’s devastation that day was extensive, and Mayor Greg Goodnight and the City of Kokomo’s Police, Fire and EMA personnel rose to the challenge to protect life, property and respond to the needs of residents.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Kokomo were Mayor Greg Goodnight, Kokomo Police Chief Robert Baker and Kokomo Fire Chief Nick Glover.
“This award represents the skill and efficiency with which our City employees, including emergency responders, reacted to the widespread destruction left by two tornadoes,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “The tornadoes struck at 6:30 that Sunday evening. Kokomo’s employees worked immediately to rescue residents and move others to safe locations. They were operating in a disaster zone, where there was no power and darkness was approaching.”
As part of the award, NIPSCO will make a $1,000 contribution to Kokomo’s Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial project in the City of Kokomo’s name.
NIPSCO’s Luminary Awards recognize local leaders and organizations for exceptional community service in the areas of community leadership, economic development, education, emergency response and environmental stewardship.