Introducing Our "New" Firefighters
This month I would like to introduce Bay St. Louis’s “new” firefighters!
Please join me in congratulating our six recruits who, after completing 11 weeks of intense physical and academic training, have just graduated from the Mississippi State Fire Academy.
In addition, they have also tested and met the requirements of the Mississippi Minimum Standards and Certification Board — the body that sets the standards and requirements for career firefighters in the state of Mississippi. With these achievements these recruits have now earned the rank and title of Firefighter.
Station House BSL
They have chosen a career that is as dangerous as it is gratifying. They will see terrible things happen to good people; they’ll feel frustration and anger, and they’ll second guess themselves and wonder if they could’ve done more. But they will also do good and great things — things that no one else could or would do — and they’ll have many successes.
And even when they can’t “fix” the problem, just their presence will provide comfort to someone who is hurting or afraid. The boots they have to fill are bigger than they know, but I have no doubt that each of them is up for the challenge.
Firefighter River Hayden
Firefighter Michael Guitreau
Firefighter Gary Maurice, Jr.
Engineer/EMT Gary Catalano (center, not in uniform)
Firefighter Derrion Elzy
Firefighter John Glidden
Firefighter De’Sean Reece (kneeling)