A Hazard native was recently named the Kentucky State Police Civilian Employee of the Year for her work in gathering donations and organizing the state police efforts to help those affected by the tornadoes this past spring.
Lori Hunsaker currently lives in Frankfort, but was a 1984 graduate of Hazard High School. For the last 17 years she has worked at the Kentucky State Police and is an internal policy analyst with the public affairs branch of KSP.
Following the tornadoes on March 2, Hunsaker began organizing relief efforts and coordinating with community partners. While trying to set up an organized delivery system and find out what each community needed she ran into problems, namely lack of available communication.
Cell towers and many Internet sources had been destroyed in the tornadoes, making communication difficult. Despite this she was able to get enough donations to fill 11 semi-trailers, eight box trucks, and four school buses.
These donations were taken to both collection and drop off centers established in each community, but also to individual families. This entire process only took two weeks to put together.
It is for this that she was awarded with the KSP Civilian Employee of the Year Award. The award was given at a ceremony held on Oct. 23 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.