Community mourns loss of St. John fire chief killed on I-10

St. John fire chief laid to rest

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. John fire fighter who died working a traffic accident on the interstate last Sunday was laid to rest Thursday.

Thirty-six-year-old Spencer Chauvin is remembered as a husband, father and model citizen.

"He helped the community all the time," said Eliana Defrancesch. "He was there to help and serve and to protect, and in emergencies he was always there."

"It's a tragedy when you're out there trying to help someone else and then something like this happens," said Jermaine Roussel. "It's just a tragedy, and for the community - we're just heartbroken, you know?"

Chauvin died last Sunday when a bus slammed into him and two other St. John fire fighters as they responded to an earlier accident on the I-10 near Laplace. The firefighters were all thrown over the side of the interstate into the water 30 feet below. The two other firemen were hurt and rushed to the hospital. Chauvin lost his life.

"He's a district chief and I'm a district chief," said Fire Chief Jack Jones with the St. George Fire Department. "He was doing everything exactly how we're supposed to do it."

"Just a great community guy and I'm just grateful for his service," said Derrius Taylor

While hundreds of people from the community came to pay their respects, fellow fire fighters from as far away as New York, Mississippi and Texas made sure they were here to honor their fallen brother.

"It's horrible," said Jones. "You have a wife and two beautiful children, and it's a senseless tragedy"

Chauvin will be buried in his hometown of Edgard.

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