Hometown Hero | Carl Kennedy
Carl Kennedy is a staple of his hometown, the city of Montgomery, West Virginia.
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - If you drive along Route 60 in the City of Montgomery, you may notice flags up on a hill, but it’s the story of how and why they are there that will touch your heart.
“(Carl) has done so many things for the city, he’s always active, he’s on so many committees,” Montgomery Mayor Greg Ingram said. “He helped us get our cannon restored, I can’t even remember the whole list of things Dr. Carl has done.”
Carl Kennedy is a Montgomery native. He moved away to attend North Western University in Kentucky, but came back to his hometown after getting his education. He and his late wife, Jane Anne Kennedy, shared the same passion: making Montgomery beautiful.
“In ’91, we used to get out early in the morning and sweep the streets, of course we were 30 years younger and that made it a lot easier,” Kennedy said.
Whether it’s street sweeping, planting flowers and trees in the city, emptying trash cans or ash trays, even at the age of 87, Carl has never stopped caring. It may also surprise you to learn, Carl actually has a day job.
“I am starting my 64th year practicing dentistry in Montgomery,” Kennedy said.
Making smiles bright from the dentist chair but also to the world around him. He and his late wife commissioned a town mural and turned empty land into a city park.
“We thought that a little bit of a park would be a good idea and so this land was available to us, it was vacant.”
It was roughly 30 years ago that he and his wife created the park, honoring military members from Montgomery. Jane Anne passed away in 2013 and Carl says he made a promise to her that he would keep up with the work in the city, which is why he started placing flags everywhere he could.
“I thought it was a good idea to put up some flag poles,” Kennedy said. “The American flag pole is dedicated to her, the other five poles which designate each branch of the service are dedicated to somebody that is associated with Montgomery.”
“I could go on and on about his accomplishments, about the dedication but I think his heart, dedication and love for this community and the people in it is probably golden,” Mayor Ingram said.
“My wife used to ask that, she says, ‘why do you care?‘ And I just say I care because, I care,” Kennedy said. “It’s built in. I’m doing what I do now because, it’s sad, but the last promises were that I would keep everything going.”
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