St. Amant firefighter earns top award

Photo provided by James LeBlanc -- St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Josh Wingerter, right, presents Chris Deroche with the 2012 Firefighter of the Year award Saturday during a banquet held in St. Amant.
Photo provided by James LeBlanc -- St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Josh Wingerter, right, presents Chris Deroche with the 2012 Firefighter of the Year award Saturday during a banquet held in St. Amant.

Chris Deroche was named Firefighter of the Year on Saturday during the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department’s annual banquet, Chief James LeBlanc said.

More than 200 volunteer firefighters attended the banquet at The Venue in St. Amant.

Guest speakers included Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley, Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. Bobby Webre and Ascension Parish Councilman Chris Loar.

Webre administered the oath of office to new officers, LeBlanc said.

Mike and Steve Broussard cooked the meal, he said.

LeBlanc was honored for 15 years of service, and Adam Gautreaux was recognized for serving the department for 10 years.

Also honored during the banquet were: