Kevin Groody

Chief Kevin F. Groody

Chief Groody started his fire service career in January 1976 when he joined the American Hose Company in Ashland, Pennsylvania. He served that department as an engineer, EMT, Financial Secretary and Trustee. He later joined the Getzville Fire Depart in Buffalo, New York where he served as an engineer and ambulance driver. He also served the Prince George's County Fire Department in College Park, Maryland in the capacity of a firefighter.

 

In 1997, Major Groody joined Worthington as a volunteer firefighter. He served Worthington as a firefighter/EMT as well as Assistant EMS Director until the spring of 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant and later promoted to Captain before being promoted to Major in January 2005. In August of 2007, Kevin was promoted to Career Battalion Chief. In October of 2011, Kevin was appointed Interim Fire Chief and was made permanent Chief in January 2013.

 

Chief Groody graduated from Cardinal Brennan High School in Ashland, Pa., and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Buffalo. Kevin is a Certified EMT, IFSAC FFI and FFII Certified, Certified IFSAC Level I Instructor, Kentucky State Certified Instructor, an OSHA authorized instructor, a Confined Space Rescue Technician, a Hazardous Materials Technician and Certified Incident Safety Officer.

 

Kevin's awards include the Worthington Volunteer Firefighter of the year 2002, Firemark Award for National Firefighter of the Year 2002 and Distinguished Service Citation 2005.

 

Chief Groody is married to Karen, has a daughter, Macreena and a son, Blaise.


Kevin Jump

Major Kevin L. Jump

Battalion Chief of Operations – 1st Platoon

Major Jump began his fire service career as a  Volunteer firefighter with the  Worthington Fire Department in March 1992. During the 10 years as a Volunteer he rose through the ranks from Recruit to Captain at Worthington.

 

He was hired by the University of Louisville in August 1983 as a Student Security Officer with the University of Louisville Department of Public Safety. When he left the University of Louisville in July 2002, to take a career Captain’s position with the Worthington Fire Department ,  he had risen through the ranks at the University of Louisville Police Department and was a  Police Sergeant.

 

Major Jump was one of 15 personnel hired to begin Worthington’s first 24/48 career staffing in July of 2001. He was hired as a career Captain. He was promoted to Division Chief in  2004 and was assigned to the Training Division. He remained there until November of 2013 when he was promoted to Major/Battalion Chief. In addition to his Battalion duties, Major Jump serves as Chief Public Information Officer.

 

Major Jump holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Louisville. He was a graduate of the  2001 Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course. Major Jump received his AAS in Fire Science from the Jefferson Community and Technical College system in 2005.  Major Jump is also a graduate of the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Staff and Command Program.  He is also a 2012 graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Officer Program.

 

Major Jump is a Kentucky State Certified Instructor Level 2, Fire Prevention Inspector, and Emergency Medical Technician. He hold certifications as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Technician,  Trench Rescue Technician, and Structural Collapse Technician. Major Jump is a member of the Jefferson County Special Operations Team and Jefferson County Hazardous Materials Team .  

 

Major Jump has been awarded the  Distinguished Service Medal (1999, 2003) , Lifesaving Medal (2001, 2002), Purple Heart Medal (2003), Firefighter of the Year Award (2004, 2011), Distinguished Unit Citation Medal (2005), Chief’s Commendation (2006), and the Fire Commendation Medal (2008) while  at Worthington Fire Department.

 

Major Jump resides in Lyndon, Ky with Dee Dee Lockhart. They have daughters Meredith and Madeline Lockhart and sons Charles and Matthew Jump.


Major Nolan Caudill

Battalion Chief of Operations – 2nd Platoon

Major Caudill started his fire service career as a Volunteer with the Fern Creek Fire Department in 1985 after graduating from Jeffersontown High School in 1981. From there, he joined the Lyndon Fire Department as a Volunteer in 1986 and then as a paid staff member in 1990. Throughout his career at Lyndon, Major Caudill worked his way through the ranks as Engineer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major/Battalion Chief.

 

After seventeen years of service, Major Caudill resigned his position as Battalion Chief at Lyndon and as a part-time day staff Firefighter at Worthington Fire Department to join the paid staff at here at Worthington as Captain in 2002. Nolan was promoted to the rank of Major/Battalion Chief in January 2005.

 

Major Caudill is a Kentucky State Certified EMT, Kentucky State Certified Instructor, Kentucky State Certified Firefighter and Kentucky State Certified Fire Inspector. Major Caudill is a two-time graduate of the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Staff and Command Program. He is also Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Live Fire Instructor and has a Swift Water Operations Certification. Major Caudill is also a Founding Member of the Jefferson County Trench Rescue Team. He is also currently working to attain an Associate Degree in Fire Science at Jefferson Community College.

 

Nolan’s honors include: 1 Valor Award from the Lyndon Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association and the Jefferson County Firefighters Association; 2 Unit Citations from the Lyndon Fire Department, 1 Lifesaving Award from the Worthington Fire Department and 1 Unit Citation from the Worthington Fire Department. He has also received several awards including Firefighter of the Year and the Chief’s Award at the Lyndon Fire Department.

 

Nolan and his wife Kelley reside in New Albany, IN., have one son, Jordan and daughter  s Kennedy and Keegan.


Major Dan Clark

Battalion Chief of Operations – 3rd Platoon

Major Clark started his fire service career with the Buechel Fire Protection Dist. in 1986 as a cadet fire fighter. Dan then worked his way to obtain the rank of Lieutenant before leaving Buechel in 1999. He was hired by the General Electric Company in 1994 as an industrial firefighter and EMT. Major Clark left GE in 1997 and was hired by the Jeffersontown Fire Protection Dist. as a career fire fighter. By 2000, he had reached the rank of Sergeant and was appointed as Jeffersontown’s Assistant Fire Marshal.

Finally, in 2002, Dan was one of 15 personnel hired to begin Worthington’s first 24/48 career staffing.

 

Major Clark has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. Dan is Kentucky State certified IFSAC level I & II, Fire Prevention Inspector, EMT and Instructor. He is also a Confined Space, Hazardous Materials, Rope Rescue Technician and a member of the Jefferson County Special Operations Team. Dan graduate of the University of Maryland's Staff and Command course. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

 

Major Clark resides in Crestwood, KY. He is married to Carmen, a member of the Worthington Support Team and a Teacher with the Oldham County School System. They have one daughter, Corinne.


Rick Hancock

Major Richard Hancock

Major Hancock began his fire service career with the Louisville Division of Fire as a Firefighter  in 1978, he retired as a Captain in 2003. Major Hancock was hired as a part-time firefighter  at Worthington Fire in May of 1984, and was promoted to full time in 2003. He was promoted to Major in 2014. His roles at the Worthington Fire Department is Fire Marshal.

 

Major Hancock attended Murray State University and received his Bachelor of Science in 1974. He received his Associate of Science Degree from Jackson State Community College (Tennessee) in 1972.

 

Major Hancock is a Kentucky State Certified Instructor Level 1, Fire Prevention Inspector, Building Inspector, Safety Officer, and Emergency Medical Technician. He hold certifications as a Hazardous Materials Operations Level , and Confined Space Technician.

 

Major Hancock’s commendations include the Medal of Valor (Louisville FD, 1989 & 1999), Unit Citation Award (Louisville FD, 1989,1999, 2001), Blue Coats Firefighter of the Year (Louisville FD, 2001), Unit Citation (Worthington FD, 2002), and Firefighter of the Year (Worthington FD, 2002)

Major Hancock is single and has two children Kara and Shane.