Gary Larimore, executive director of the Kentucky Rural Water Association, said he has never known an award recipient better than the one he was introducing Wednesday at the 48th annual meeting of the Barren River Area Development District at the National Corvette Museum.
“I don’t know anyone more deserving,” he said, of the BRADD’s Tim Lee Carter Distinguished Service Award for public service that was given to his father, Elroy Larimore.
Elroy Larimore has been a Hart County deputy sheriff, the Green River Valley Water District general manager, founder of the Kentucky Rural Water Association and president of the National Rural Water Association. He was also a charter member and former chairman of the BRADD.
“There has never been a better ambassador for (BRADD) than Elroy Larimore,” his son said.
“What drives a man to devote over half a century to serving the public?” Gary Larimore asked. The answer is a devotion to helping others, he said.
Elroy Larimore, 85, said he was surprised to earn the award. He thanked his family and said across his years of service he has especially enjoyed meeting people across the 10 BRADD counties as well as the 50 states and offered some advice: “Whatever you do in life, have a sense of humor,” he said.
He said Carter, a Monroe County doctor who served in Congress for 16 years, was a personal friend, and he remembers working with him in Washington, D.C. on promoting the importance of rural water.
“Politics never bothered me,” Elroy Larimore said and encouraged the BRADD staff to continue their work.
“Pull together and work together and we’ll see great things,” he said.
After the award presentation, Elroy Larimore said he was most proud of his work on promoting rural water issues. Getting the award was especially meaningful, he said, because of who presented it.
“He’s a great son,” he said.