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Rick Morgan was awarded the Modern Woodmen of America’s Hometown Hero award Monday by Pam Miller. Morgan joined the Owenton and Owen County Fire Departments around 1974, became Owenton fire chief in 1980, became emergency management director in June of 1994, became an EMT around 1976, was deputy sheriff in 1984 and was on the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad when it started in 1979. Morgan is currently the director of emergency management, is a volunteer firefighter and continues to work as an EMT.