Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Local 7-year old hero Logan Powell was honored this evening at the Edmonson County Courthouse as Sheriff Shane Doyle held a special ceremony on his behalf. The Sheriff said he read about Logan's heroic deeds last week on the Edmonson Voice and felt like Logan needed to be recognized by his office.
Logan was recently with his grandfather, Leroy Childress in a field off of Old Kyrock Road when Mr. Childress had a medical emergency, fell, and couldn't get up. Quick thinking and the precise following of instructions allowed Logan to get his grandfather's cell phone, find cell signal, and call for help.
"When I'm trying to find a deputy, that's the kind of person I'm looking for," said Sheriff Doyle. "Who knows, son," he said to Logan. "Maybe one day, if you want to be a police officer, maybe we'll have a spot for you here on our department."
The Sheriff then asked Logan to come forward as he then presented him with a framed certificate and a medal that was engraved "SUPERHERO" on one side and on the other, "Logan Powell, Lifesaving Award Presented By Edmonson County Sheriff."
Sheriff Doyle then asked Logan to describe what happened on that day.
"He fell down in the cornfield and couldn't get up," said the bright-eyed boy. "I finally found him 'cause I was walking around the cornfield... He told me to 'come here, bend down on your knee and try to help me up' but he didn't try and he said 'I don't want to try because I'm afraid I'll hurt you.' He got up but he was shaking and he fell back down."
Logan said his grandfather told him to get his phone but it had no signal. That's when Logan's parents said he moved around to get enough signal to call Logan's grandmother, Leivia Childress.
Mrs. Childress said the signal was still bad, but she was getting a word here and there, which was enough to find them in the field.
"He'll always be our hero," said Mrs. Childress, and the Sheriff agreed.
Logan was all smiles as he sat with his family, sporting the new medal around his neck.
"I'm everybody's hero, even though I drive people crazy," Logan said as everyone shared a laugh.