LC firefighter worked with Charleston firefighters who were killed - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LC firefighter worked with Charleston firefighters who were killed

June 20, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon

A Lake Charles firefighter worked with five of the nine Charleston firefighters killed Monday. Joel Caillouet returned to Lake Charles in February. KPLC's Pam Dixon talked to him about the brave men he knew and the impact of their deaths.

"It's just a big family, so every guy over there is missing brothers," says Lake Charles firefighter Joel Caillouet. Caillouet worked eight months with the Charleston Fire Department. He could have been among those killed. That was his shift battling that massive furniture store fire. Caillouet says, "It makes you rethink things. I can't say that I would do anything different. If we were in the same situation today and there were people trapped in a building. We'd do the same thing. We'd go in and try to save them."

Caillouet has been back in Lake Charles more than a year, but his memories of his brothers' bravery are still fresh on his mind. Caillouet says, "Whenever stuff got bad, they were there and they wanted to be doing the work and not letting somebody else do it. Especially when there's life at stake. We're trying to keep ourselves safe, but a certain amount of that gets outweighed when human life is at stake."

Lake Charles Fire Chief David Manuel says, "There's a verse in the bible that says there's no greater love for a man than a man who gives his life for someone else. That's what we do. That's what our job is. That's what our calling is." A calling that more than one hundred fire fighters a year give their lives for.

Caillouet plans to attend a memorial service for the nine firefighters Friday morning in Charleston.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Man arrested in 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard

    Man arrested in 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-07-24 22:31:44 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard, whose body was found on John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, Louisiana.

    More >>

    An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard, whose body was found on John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, Louisiana.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Lower rain chances the rest of the week, but still hot and humid

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Lower rain chances the rest of the week, but still hot and humid

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-07-24 21:48:36 GMT
    Changes begin TuesdayChanges begin Tuesday

    We saw some showers and thunderstorms around the area early Monday but the bulk of the rain had come to an end shortly after lunch with clouds lingering throughout the day.  The clouds held temperatures down a few degrees, but still most areas reached the upper 80s.  It will be warm and muggy overnight with lows in the mid to upper 70s Tuesday morning. 

    More >>

    We saw some showers and thunderstorms around the area early Monday but the bulk of the rain had come to an end shortly after lunch with clouds lingering throughout the day.  The clouds held temperatures down a few degrees, but still most areas reached the upper 80s.  It will be warm and muggy overnight with lows in the mid to upper 70s Tuesday morning. 

    More >>
  • Sheriff's Office: Two arrested after dogs found 'extremely emaciated'

    Sheriff's Office: Two arrested after dogs found 'extremely emaciated'

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:58:30 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Four dogs have been rescued after authorities found them to be, what they call, extremely emaciated. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office first learned about the condition of the dogs when deputies were responding to a call for assistance in Vinton. The Calcasieu Parish Animal Services called CPSO when the residents of a home were being uncooperative.  Animal Services officers found 3 dogs locked in a kennel behind the home. The home was occupied by 36 year old Anita Mo...

    More >>

    Four dogs have been rescued after authorities found them to be, what they call, extremely emaciated. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office first learned about the condition of the dogs when deputies were responding to a call for assistance in Vinton. The Calcasieu Parish Animal Services called CPSO when the residents of a home were being uncooperative.  Animal Services officers found 3 dogs locked in a kennel behind the home. The home was occupied by 36 year old Anita Mo...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly