The longtime fire chief of Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 (Amite), Bruce Cutrer, passed away due to complications from COVID-19, according to Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller.
Cutrer died on the evening of Tuesday, January 19th, according to the Louisiana State Fireman’s Association.
“Chief Cutrer dedicated his life to the people of Tangipahoa Parish. For more than 50 years, he risked his life to help his friends, neighbors, and complete strangers in their hour of need, and as a community, we mourn the loss of this man who was truly a public servant,” Miller said.
Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning also issued a statement upon learning of Cutrer’s death.
“Bruce was not just my longtime, dear friend. He was a mentor, a model fire chief, an honorable leader in his community of Amite, a devoted husband, a proud father and grandfather and just an all-around exceptional man. Bruce will be missed tremendously,” Browning said.
Miller ordered flags at all Tangipahoa parish buildings to fly at half-staff in honor of Cutrer.
Cutrer’s services were held at the House on the Rock Church in Amite on January 26th.