Firefighters recognized for rescue efforts

Staff reports

St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc recently recognized the efforts of volunteer firefighters after receiving an outpouring of compliments from several residents.

In recent weeks, the St. Amant department responded to its fifth water-related incident of the year.

A Maurepas man went overboard from a boat while casting nets in the Amite River Diversion Canal.

Roland LeBeau, 79, became tangled in the nets and fell into the water, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

St. Amant volunteers were the first to respond to the scene and were able to pull LeBeau out of the water.

He had been in the water for several minutes, according to witnesses.

Responders worked to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

LeBlanc recognized firefighter Jeremy Duhe and Sgt. Joey Molliere for their efforts.

LeBlanc credited them for their quick response in assisting in the emergency.

“I also want to commend the volunteer firefighters of the St. Amant department that attended the wake services of Mr. LeBeau,” LeBlanc added. “This again shows your compassion, faith and loyalty to this community.”