Good Evening, I am Mayor Mike Perros and I am here tonight with Centre College’s President and First Lady, John and Susie Roush.
At the conclusion of what will be 22 years of service as president of Centre College, John Roush will retire on June 30, 2020. His contributions to our community cannot be overstated.
We are here tonight to honor the 7 Kentuckians who died overnight due to the COVID-19 virus.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has asked Kentuckians to decorate their homes with green lights and to light them with each death to bring some hope and solidarity as coronavirus pandemic continues. We have been doing the same here at Danville City Hall.
Green is the color of COMPASSION.
Green is the color of EMPATHY.
Green is also the color of RENEWAL.
So, tonight we again light up Danville City Hall in green.
But before asking President Roush and his wife Susie to do the honors, I want to take a moment and recognize Danville’s “Heroes Behind the Headsets.”
It is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and I wanted to honor the dedicated men and women who handled over 23,000 emergency calls last year.
These are the special voices behind 911 in our Danville-Boyle County Dispatch Center, located in the basement of City Hall.
They are on 24/7 answering the most difficult calls in our community. In recognition of their dedication, life-saving skills, and their vital link between your community and fire, medical, and law enforcement agencies, I wish to read the following Proclamation into the record.
In appreciation for their enduring leadership and commitment to Centre College, I will now turn it over President Roush and Susie for a reflection before having them light up City Hall in green to honor the 104 Kentuckians who have died from the coronavirus.