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Thibodaux Fire Company 1 dedicates new truck – News – Houma Today

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Saturday marked both an ending and a beginning for Thibodaux Fire Company No. 1.

The company officially dedicated a new truck and gave its old engine a formal sendoff. The 85-member fire company dedicated its new E-One Typhoon Teleboom to five members during Saturday’s ceremony in Thibodaux.

The new truck replaces the retiring Engine 19, “Big Red,” which has served the department since 1987.

Firefighters dedicated the new truck to the late Charlie Adams, Josh Bourgeois, Ron Bourgeois, Benton Foret and Trey Shields. A plaque bearing their names is now displayed on the new engine, which arrived to the department in June.

Shields, who served the department since 2005, said the process to design and build the new truck has been lengthy.

“I’ve gotten married and had two kids during the time to get this truck,” he said. “It’s an honor to be part of the group of guys on this truck. Thank you all for making this happen.”

The $690,000 Engine 19 holds up to 1,000 gallons of water and features state-of-the art technology to keep firefighters safer during calls, Shields said.

Josh Bourgeois, who joined the department exactly 31 years ago to the day Saturday, said he was honored to receive the dedication.

“Words can’t explain how much this means to me,” the captain said. “It’s a great honor to have my name put on a truck alongside these guys that have served Fire Company No. 1 for so many years.”

His brother, Ron Bourgeois, has served the department…



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