JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — Jessamine County Emergency Management Services workers are banding together to help one of their own.
This past Saturday, Rusty Day-Taylor, a veteran and first responder for Jessamine County for the last four years, lost his home in a fire.
Now, his team is making sure he doesn’t lose hope.
Matthew white, Day-Taylor’s shift commander said they have been friends for many years.
“I’ve watched him numerous times display compassion for the citizens of Jessamine County,” Day-Taylor said.
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White got the call Saturday as his friend’s house went up in flames.
“He called me as it was happening,” Day-Taylor said. “I mean they were mortified.”
White said Day-Taylor, along with his husband, two kids, and possibly one more family member, all go out in time — no one was hurt.
However, nothing could be saved, so white decided to help.
“Once we got them to where they’re going to be staying for the weekend, we went ahead and set that up,” White said.
The GiveSendGo account has a goal listed to raise $5,000.
“We have agencies that are helping donate toys,” White said. “But they’re going to need furniture, pots and pans, things to cook on, and bedding.”
Another community member is also helping spread the word to help out Day-Taylor and his family.
Alex Banks has been inspired by Day-Taylor’s service to the community and has a passion to one day join Jessamine County’s EMS team. Banks has been sharing the GiveSendGo account with everyone, including FOX 56 News.
“What I’ve noticed about him is how caring and genuine he is as a person, he’s come out to the school before, showed the kids the ambulance,” Banks said. “When one of us is in a tragedy, I feel that we all need to come together and support our brothers and sisters in their time of need.”
For someone who has given so much to his community, white said this is fund is the perfect opportunity for the community to show its gratitude to Day-Taylor in return.
“Rusty would give the shirt off his back, and the last dollar in his pocket to his co-workers, and I’ve seen him do it,” White said.
For clothing donations, sizes are the following:
- Adult Male- Med/Large shirt (34×34) or (34×32), 33×32 pants.
- Adult Female — Large shirt, large stretchy pants, slip-on shoes
- Male Toddler — 4-year-old, 5T clothes, Shoe size 1.5-2
- Male Child — 9-years-old, size 8 clothing
For more information, contact Lt. Matt White at Mwhite@jcems911.com
Donations can be delivered during business hours to the Public Safety Center located at 101 S. 2nd Street, Nicholasville, KY 40355.
Larger donations can be delivered to the South EMS Station located at 1531 S. Main St., Nicholasville, KY 40356.