St. Amant Fire Department names "Firefighter of the Month"

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
L to R: Sgt. Sean Gilbert of the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department.

It takes a certain type of individual to be a volunteer firefighter. It takes someone committed to serving the community at a moment’s notice as well as spending numerous hours on fund raising, training, fire prevention, and all those other activities that volunteer fireman participate in.

Volunteer firefighters are willing to get out of bed in the middle of the night, willing to leave the family dinner table, and just about drop anything they are doing to respond to an emergency call.

Our Volunteer Firefighters don’t do it for the pay or the glory, they do it because they enjoy it and they get satisfaction out of helping their neighbor and their community, stated St. Amant Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.  

Since 1999, the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department has named a “Firefighter of the Month”, stated Chief officer James E. LeBlanc. The Firefighters of the Month are selected by the Chief Officers of the department. The monthly decision when appointing the award is based on the following: efforts above and beyond the call of duty; active participation and enthusiasm during emergency calls and training drills; and monthly attendance of fire & EMS calls and training drills.

Sgt. Sean Gilbert was named the July 2015 – ‘St. Amant Firefighter of the Month” because he is very dependable. When you need something done – and done right, Sean is the type of volunteer firefighter who gets the work done correctly, stated Chief LeBlanc. Sean pays attention to details. He has an outstanding attitude and is always making himself and our department better. Sgt. Gilbert was very instrumental in performing all our first set of business pre-plans for 2015, this is a requirement for the Ascension Parish Fire Rating.