LOTTS CREEK—Located in Lotts Creek where he was born and raised, the CMSGT Merton Grigsby Bridge is on Kentucky Route 550, at its intersection with Kentucky Route 476, near Hilton School Road in Perry County.
A distinguished and highly decorated veteran, CMSGT Grigsby served 30 years of military service in the United States Air Force. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star and he achieved the highest Air Force enlisted rank of CMSGT. Throughout his career, CMSGT Grigsby served at numerous bases to include Charleston, South Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; Offutt AFB, NE; Greenland; Chanute AFB, IL; Taiwan; Eielson AFB and Elmendorf AFB, AK.
As a veteran of two wars, he served tours in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. An expert in his career field of fire and health safety, CMSGT Grigsby spent his military career teaching and training others in all aspects of fire and health safety, rising to the ultimate position of Fire Chief.
A testament to his knowledge and expertise in fire and health safety, CMSGT Grigsby was asked to travel to Taiwan to establish a fire station at a new Air Force base being built in support of the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from the Air Force, CMSGT Grigsby continued his government service as a civilian, spending 13 years in federal service with the Department of Defense.
Highlights of his Federal career include: serving at Kirkland AFB, NM as a member of an elite team responsible for the inspection and compliance of military weapon systems contractors’ operating plants; his work at Palmdale, California where he provided oversight on the building of the B2 Bomber and worked with NASA on the Space Shuttle program; and his time in Germany where he provided briefings to NATO and continued his support of the Space Shuttle program traveling to Rome AFB Spain each time the Space Shuttle launched to monitor conditions in the event an emergency landing was necessary.
An accomplishment that CMSGT Grigsby is especially proud of was a new fire truck that he designed and traveled to Canada to oversee the construction; the truck continues in use today. A bridge dedication ceremony was held on June 27, at 1 p.m., at Lotts Creek Free Church, where friends and family attended.