Community History – Ludlow – John Wesley Bruce

Bruce, John Wesley

John Wesley Bruce dedicated most of his adult life to the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department. He was raised on Ash Street. In 1930, Bruce earned the certificate of “Master Plumber” from the Kentucky Board of Health. Bruce worked for the Ford Motor Company, the Southern Railroad and Interlake Steel.

Bruce was one of the organizers of the Ludlow Life Squad Company in 1932. He served as captain of the squad from 1936-1964. Bruce was a past president of the Northern Kentucky Firemen Association, a member of the American Red Cross, and served on the Ludlow City Council. In 1955, the United States Veterans of Foreign Wars named Bruce the “Outstanding Fireman in the State of Kentucky.”

John Wesley Bruce died on July 31, 1983 at his home, 3052 Dry Creek Road, Hebron. He was 84 years of age. He was survived by his widow, Norma Bruce, and two daughters: Joan Ernest and Lucille Mahorney. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

News Enterprise, August 10, 1983.

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