LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - District Chief Spencer Chauvin was no stranger to tragedy, but when it came to St. John Parish, President Natalie Robottom said he was always one of the first to help.
"Our firefighters have been a part of just about everything good that's happened in our parish. They were one of the first on the scene to rescue our residents, and Spencer, specifically, was one of those individuals who rescued people from the flood waters during Hurricane Isaac," Robottom said.
In fact, Chief Chauvin was by Parish President Robottom's side as St. John recovered from the historic flooding.
"During Hurricane Isaac, he drove me to the hospital to have my first shower, because we lost water, and he was just a wonderful young man," Robottom said. "It's typical that he would've been responding to help someone, and that's how he lost his life."
Robottom said Chauvin's dedication to his community and to the profession pushed him forward in his career.
"I watched him grow from a volunteer to a district chief, and it's hard to believe that something like this would happen," Robottom said.
But despite the tragedy, she knows firefighting was in Chauvin's blood and the risks that come with the job would never keep him from following his passion.
"He grew up in this, his family's home is near the fire station on the West Bank and he grew into the leadership role that he had, and unfortunately he died doing what he loved," Robottom said.
Chauvin leaves behind a wife and children.