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VIDEO: Al Roker visits Carlyss, 'wakes up' with SWLA

TODAY Show weatherman Al Roker reported live from the Carlyss Fire Department on Thursday morning.

A crowd gathered at the fire station before dawn to show their support of the firefighters and of Southwest Louisiana, all the while hoping to catch a glimpse of the NBC celebrity.

Among the crowd were emergency responders, including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Acadian Ambulance and members of several local fire departments. 

Roker decided to travel to Carlyss after Lori Primeaux-Coleman, of Sulphur, won NBC TODAY's "Wake Up With Al" contest. Lori told Roker last week that she had decided to enter because she has always been a fan of his. 

Lori, secretary to the fire chief of the Carlyss Fire Department, and her husband, Patrick, are volunteer firefighters.

During his live coverage in Carlyss, Roker put out a fire with firefighters and cooked a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with Fire Chief James Stanley.

Roker also challenged a few firefighters in a race against the clock to put on a full suit of fire gear. He even reported one of his weather segments from atop a ladder on a ladder truck.

Roker also greeted the crowd and posed for photos with fans.

Roker previously announced that all three finalists in the "Wake Up with Al" contest would be treated to live coverage by Roker on the TODAY Show. Al will be visiting Tennessee, Louisiana and Maryland as part of the contest.

"Your stories were all wonderful and we just couldn't decide," Roker said.

You can view a photo slideshow of Al's visit HERE.

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