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.