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Ogden honored for efforts during ice storm

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By John Whitlock

Owen County resident Scott Ogden has been honored with the 2009 Support Staff of the Year award from the Southern States Corrections Association.

Ogden is employed by the Kentucky Department of Corrections and works at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington where he serves as farm manager.

He was selected from candidates from 14 other states.  Ogden, his wife Rebecca, and their family traveled to New Orleans in July in order for him to receive the honor.  

Ogden has been praised by his superiors for his dedication and hard work, especially in a time of crisis.

At Blackburn, Ogden oversees the cattle operation consisting of 150 Black Angus cattle. During the ice storm earlier this year, power went out at the facility with 550 inmates to keep fed and a limited staff available because of the weather.

Ogden came to work and helped the prison staff while his own home was without power.

“The temperature was below 20 degrees for this three-day emergency,” Blackburn Warden Robert Howerton said in Ogden’s nomination letter. “Scott volunteered to come into work in the middle of the night on Day 2 to transfer fuel to our emergency generator. The next day, he came back in and diagnosed our failing generator and fixed it until the company could come and do a full service on it.”

Howerton praised Ogden’s work-ethic and commitment to the facility.

“Scott is a very dedicated employee. He cares about this cattle operation and goes well above and beyond the normal call of duty,” Howerton said in the nominating letter. “Scott is every manager’s dream employee. He looks ahead for potential problems and heads them off before they become an issue.”