Maryland Department Remembers Katrina Response

Responders reflect in essays, their feelings about what the did and saw in New Orleans after Katrina hit.


In closing, it must be written of the heroic efforts of the New Orleans Fire Department and their leader Chief Charles Parent. Chief Parent pre-planned to move his firefighters and apparatus to the Algiers section of New Orleans knowing that it was not likely to flood in that area. For this decision in itself saved a lot of firefighters lives and firefighting apparatus! Lastly, it must be told that the City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana and the National Fire Service owes the New Orleans Fire Department a debt of enormous gratitude. The New Orleans Fire Department stayed on the job from two days prior to the hurricane, during the storm and up until they were relieved by firefighters from other states and did so without a break! The New Orleans Fire Department personnel are credited with saving some 14,000 lives during and after the hurricane struck New Orleans. The New Orleans Fire Department personnel have represented the Fire Service in the most honorable and noble manner! Two tips of the helmet to them and Chief Parent!

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