Monday, July 23, 2012
Blake Estevez, a firefighter for the St. John Parish Office of Fire Services, recently received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Legion Post 383 and the Firefighter of the Year Award from the American Legion, Department of Louisiana. As a result of his training and continued public service to the community, Estevez saved a young girl’s life last July during a house fire in LaPlace. The American Legion “Firefighter of the Year” award signifies honor and service, and is given to a firefighter who exemplifies these characteristics in a special way.
Estevez graduated from the Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute Academy where he became certified in Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Driver Operator. He started his career working as a volunteer firefighter in St. Charles Parish for two and a half years and has been a professional firefighter in St. John for two years.
“Being a firefighter is part of giving back to the community and I really enjoy giving back,” said Estevez. “As firefighters, none of us do it for the money or for the glory or fame. We do it to help others. That’s really what we’re here for.”
Estevez was nominated for the local “Firefighter of the Year” award by the district chiefs and was then chosen by the LaPlace American Legion. The nomination then proceeded to the state level, where he was selected as “Firefighter of the Year for Louisiana”, receiving the honor at the 2012 Louisiana American Legion Convention held in Alexandria in June. Estevez’s nomination will now continue to the national level.
Parish President Natalie Robottom and the St. John Council recognized Estevez at the Council meeting on Tuesday, June 12. “We congratulate Mr. Estevez for his outstanding service to St. John the Baptist Parish and we say, ‘thank you,’” said Robottom.