The Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.
We would also like to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women of our Armed Forces who fight courageously for the freedoms that we all enjoy today.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -- Former President Harry S. Truman
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in our community, and in communities near and far.
Father’s Day; the annual holiday in June, when we thank the man in our lives that has cared for us, mentored us and made sure we were safe.
In the fire service, we often think of ourselves as a large family. So it’s not uncommon to hear us refer to another firefighter as a father figure. Often, we are referring to someone from the early years of our service, a training instructor, a company officer or senior firefighter that mentored us years earlier, an individual who took some time to teach us the complexity of the trade.
This year, we remember and we thank our fire service fathers – those individuals who provided us some mentoring and training in the early stages of our service.
Many of those individuals continue to provide mentorship and guidance to us to this very day. We thank our mentors who challenge us and help us grow in our service to our community.
As traffic levels begin to rise again, we'd like to share a reminder: When you’re driving and hear police, fire or ambulance sirens or see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights on, move as far to the right on the road as possible and slow down or stop, if possible, until the first responders have passed you. Stop before entering an intersection, no matter what color your light is, to allow the emergency vehicle to safely approach and pass through.
This evening, on the eve of Memorial Day — the day on which we honor our military veterans who gave their lives in defense of our country — our prayers are with the family of Louisiana State Trooper George Baker.
Today, Trooper Baker succumbed to injuries sustained in the performance of his duties. Trooper Baker sustained severe injuries during the early morning hours of Wednesday, 20 May 2020. Baker was a thirty-three-year-old, ten-year law enforcement and military veteran, a devoted husband, and a proud father.
Please click HERE to view the original press release from Louisiana State Police.
Each year -- on Memorial Day -- Americans pause to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice. The Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department pauses to remember the sacrifices of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.
We also pause to remember the sacrifices of the men and women of law enforcement who said good-bye to their families and never made it home, instead giving their lives to keep our communities safe.
'As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them'.
--- John F. Kennedy, 1963
Let’s end today with a little education!
By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun causing magnification of light through the bottle — and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend — can lead to disaster.
Please respect the possibilities and be fire safe.
This past week, we underwent some major upgrades to our text message alert system. You may have received a lot of text message alerts, and some of those may have taken you to broken links where you were unable to view the alerts.
We have fixed all the errors that we believe were causing those glitches, but as with any system that is a work in progress, more issues may arise from time to time. We'll do our best to get those issues fixed as they arise.
If you aren't yet signed up for text message alerts, you can sign up by clicking HERE.
You can always view the most current alerts by clicking HERE. or by visiting www.choctawfire.com/currentalerts.
If you have any issues in the future, please send an email to: email@example.com
In the coming days, you may notice that the American flag is flying at half mast at Station #1. Today, our parish, and our great state, lost a dedicated public servant -- State Representative Reggie Bagala -- and we are flying our flag at half mast in his honor.
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
State Representative Reggie Bagala passed away on Thursday, April 9th after his fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Representative Bagala was 54 years old and assumed office on January 13, 2020.
He was a freshman lawmaker who represented parts of Lafourche and Jefferson Parish
Tristan Paul Bagala, Reggie Bagala’s son, made a statement on Facebook:
Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement on Bagala’s passing:
'A successful businessman, devoted family man, and active volunteer, Representative Bagala spent his life making his community and south Louisiana a better place to live for everyone. Just one month ago, he entered the Louisiana State Capitol with excitement and eagerness to serve the people of our great state and the people of House District 54, and today we mourn his loss', Governor Edwards said in a statement.
'We are better for having people like Rep. Bagala who are willing to be public servants and make our state better. I ask the people of Louisiana to join Donna and me in praying for Rep. Bagala’s family, friends, colleagues and the people of House District 54 during this difficult time'.
As global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we’re doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe while also minimizing disruptions to our day-to-day operations.
As such, all weekly BINGO games have been cancelled UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
We have also suspended all facility rentals for the duration of this situation.
We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we know that misinformation and fear can spread more virulently than the virus itself. We want to discourage false information from circulating. If you’re looking for trusted, up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the specific Coronavirus websites of the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.
We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we wanted to take a moment to share the ways we can all help keep the our community safe. For more specific information, you can visit our Coronavirus website by clicking HERE.
The Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department would like to extend our condolences to the family of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Crossing Guard who lost his life this morning while on duty.
We would also like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the men and women of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as they mourn the loss of one of their own.
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