Small town, Big Heart
Head has a passion
for serving his community
is an avid firefighter
and active in Oldham County
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2012) When most people
think of Buddy Head, the first thing that comes to mind is a generous
heart. Known for his compassion and benevolent spirit, Head has spent
a lifetime living, breathing and giving back to Oldham County.
Its important to him to give back to the community,
said Judy Head, his wife of 52 years. The list of his accomplishments
and charitable endeavors could go on and on forever.
an Oldham County native, knows a lot of the history of the county, hes
lived a lot of it, and has been very active in a lot of things,
He was born on Walnut Street in La Grange to Willie and Luella Head.
Heads been involved in Little League, was in the U.S. Army Reserves
for 15 years, is in the La Grange Kiwanis Club, president of the Oldham
County Fair Board and a member of DeHaven Baptist Church.
He and Judy, originally from Henry County, met while her sister was
working in a restaurant in La Grange. He asked her for a date
but she said no because she had a boyfriend at the time. She told him
she had a sister and he asked me out, Judy said.
During their many years together, Head has served as a La Grange Volunteer
Firefighter for 25 years. He also worked for BF Goodrich for 30 years
and owned his own electric company after retiring.
Hes been very active in the fire department for many years,
said friend Lucy Ricketts, who is also Oldham County Day Chairperson.
Anyone who knows Head would say he has a passion for serving the community,
Head was unavailable for an interview because he was in the hospital
awaiting a procedure for an existing heart condition. He went
into cardiac arrest in 2007, said his wife.
Because of this life-threatening experience, he has made it his main
goal in life to go into schools, clubs and public places where people
gather, to speak to anyone who will listen about the important of having
an AED (defibulator) close by, said Judy. It saved his life.
For this reason and many others, Head has been chosen as this years
Grand Marshal for the Oldham County Day Parade, to be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 21.
Quite a few individuals nominated him for Grand Marshal,
said Victoria Motyka, publicity chairperson for Oldham County Day. The
event is organized by members of the Oldham County Project Guild.
He has a big heart for the area, said Motyka. The theme
for this years Oldham County Day is fitting, Small Town,
The theme is chosen based on what he or she (the Grand Marshal)
has done in the community, she said. Overall, weve
had more nominations this year than weve ever had.
Judy Head said that one of her husbands biggest honors is in knowing
that his sister-in-law, Fran Curtis, nominated him.
If I hadnt thought he was the best choice for Grand Marshal,
I wouldnt have nominated him, said Curtis. Ive
wanted to do it for years.
She said the theme describes Head perfectly because of what he
does when he feels well, which is usually speaking about the importance
of having a defibulator on hand. Hes out to help everyone. Hes
always been involved in the community.
Head will also be honored with the Grand Marshal Luncheon at noon Tuesday,
July 17. The luncheon will be held at the John W. Black Community Center,
1551 N. Hwy. 393 in Buckner. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
For the last 20 years, Head has been very involved in the local Crusade
for Children campaign. He has been instrumental in coordinating the
fire truck setups in Oldham, Henry, Trimble and Carroll counties. In
his role as Fire Truck Coordinator, the Crusade is something he
believes strongly in, said Judy.
Head considers the Crusade insurance if any of his children
or grandchildren ever get sick. If that were the case, we feel
like we could go to them and ask for help, after volunteering
for so long, she said. In fact, they did have a grandson in Kosair Childrens
Hospital who needed to use machinery donated by the Crusade for Children.
His life is in Oldham County, Judy said. Its
his county. He wants to see it grow, but at the same time remain rural
so that people will get to know their neighbors.
To have been nominated for Grand Marshal of the Oldham County Day parade
is a real honor and he gladly accepted it, said Judy.
To purchase tickets to the Grand Marshal Luncheon,
contact Ann Brown at (502) 222-0023.
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