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Fayette County Sheriff's Office responds to hundreds of calls through Winter Care Program

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Feb 19, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the impact of ice and snow continues to be felt in Lexington, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was out on Thursday to help hundreds of people through their Winter Care Program.

The sheriff's office had received 250 calls for help Thursday, according to Lt. Col. Rodrick Robinson.

In less than two hours, Robinson drove a medical professional home from work, dropped off boxes of food from God's Pantry, and helped to shovel outside a man's home so he could make it to his dialysis treatment.

"Anything that's needed as far as our citizens of Fayette County, we're here to help," Robinson said.

The Winter Care Program also offers prescription medicine pickup, transport to warming centers, and welfare checks.

Robinson picked up Beverly Slaughter, a physical therapy tech at Cardinal Hill, who said the roads around her home were still in rough shape.

"I just thank the lord for this service, I do," she said.

The program was first a response to the 2003 ice storm and began with rides for medical professionals. It's since evolved to offer a number of services to the community during winter weather.

While Robinson may be busy, he said each call is a way to get to give back.

"It's the fact of helping folks and seeing the smile on their face that makes it all worthwhile," he said.

For assistance from the Winter Care Program, call 859-252-1771.