This month the Port Allen City Council recognized several longtime firefighters and, in honor of Black History Month, several former city council members.
Erwinville Fire Chief Robby Smith presented plaques to Captain Emile White and
Fire Chief Rick Boudreaux recognizing them as Louisiana State Firemen’s Association life members.
Both White and Boudreaux became lifetime members of the Port Allen Volunteer Fire Department in 2007 and each have over 26 years “dedicated service to the community,” Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His expected graduation date is December 2014.
Smith also presented a certificate of achievement to Volunteer Firefighter Anthony Summers.
Summers, who serves full-time for the parish as Deputy Director of the WBR Office of Homeland Security, recently obtained a fire science degree from LSU-Eunice in May 2013 and has served as a volunteer firefighter for over 17 years.
Boudreaux noted Summers’ “dedication to higher education” and said Summers often used personal vacation time to attend the National Fire Academy.
The council also passed four resolutions recognizing four former city council members: Irvrie Johnson, Oliver “Tenyboy” Jones, Charlie B. Granger and Harry Brown.
Johnson was a city councilman for over 19 years until his last term ended in December 2012.
Jones was the first Black city councilman elected at large. He served in that capacity for one year before serving two terms as city councilman for District 4.
Granger played pro football and his wife taught school in Chicago before they moved back to Port Allen. Granger served on the council for five years beginning in 1988 and also coached at Cohn High School in Port Allen. He was inducted into the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame and the Southwestern Athletic Conference Sports Hall of Fame.
Brown was the first Black Police Chief of Port Allen and is current City Councilman Brandon Brown’s father. Brown served 20 years and nine months as police officer and then eight years as police chief.
Port Allen City Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence also made mention of the late Richard Lee, whom she said was the first Black councilman appointed in Port Allen.
Mayor Lynn Robertson praised all of the former city council members, saying, “They have been role models for the children in the community.”