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Mayor, council honor Dr. Leach

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Dr. Rice Leach shares a quiet moment with his wife Mireille moments before Lexington Mayor Jim Gray proclaimed it Dr. Rice Leach Day.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the Lexington-Fayette Urban City Council honored Dr. Rice Leach Thursday evening for his lifetime of service in Public Health.

With his wife Mireille at his side and surrounded by members of the Lexington Medical Society, current and past members of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health, former co-workers with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and many friends, Dr. Leach beamed as Mayor Gray proclaimed Thursday, March 17, 2016, Dr. Rice Leach Day in Lexington.

Dr. Leach thanked the mayor and council for the honor, leaving the crowded council chambers in a mixture of laughter and tears on a night that saw three standing ovations for Lexington’s commissioner of health and another thunderous round of applause when Dr. Leach singled out his wife for putting up with him for 50 years.

Now that he’s home while battling cancer, Dr. Leach said there are no doubt days Mireille wishes he’d return to work, if only for a few hours, to give her some peace, drawing laughs from the crowd.

As the evening drew to a close and Dr. Leach finished thanking several city and state individuals, he turned his attention a little closer, saying none of this would be possible without the daily work and support from the “150 or so people up the street at the health department.”

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