PADUCAH, KY– Since 1978, Four Rivers Behavioral Health has presented the Lovey Raburn Award to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service in the areas of Mental Health, Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities or Substance Abuse. This year, the company named Blake Quinn and Paul Stevenson of the Paducah Police Department as the Raburn Award recipients.
Both Quinn and Stevenson have been instrumental in helping launch The Zone – Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s Youth Drop In Center. The Zone is housed in the former Fraternal Order of Police building on Kentucky Avenue and the pair worked tirelessly with FRBH staff to place the center there.
In addition, police officers often have first-contact with troubled youth on the street and they have become one of The Zone’s biggest referral sources. Quinn and Stevenson have helped to educate other officers in the Paducah Police department as to the mission of the Zone and have given countless hours of their personal time to volunteer at The Zone. The two officers have taken to heart the Paducah Police’s mandate of “community policing.”
Terry Hudspeth, ceo of Four Rivers Behavioral Health lauded the officers’ commitment to the Zone project saying, “Officer Quinn and Officer Stevenson have demonstrated that law enforcement plays a vital role in community mental health. They have helped us get the word out about The Zone to not only their fellow police officers, but also to the community as a whole.”
The award is named in memory of Lovey Raburn, a Carlisle County resident who served as a member of Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors for many years.
Previous award winners are listed on a plaque displayed in the Carlisle County Courthouse.
Four Rivers Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit agency that for more than 50 years has provided comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and developmental/intellectual disability services to clients in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, and Marshall Counties.
Attached Photo: Terry Hudspeth, CEO of Four Rivers Behavioral Health and Blake Quinn of the Paducah Police Department.