New fire station opens
The Acadia/Evangeline Fire Protection District dedicated a new fire station Saturday, March 14, in the Duralde area at 10 a.m.
The station, known as the Emery Station, was dedicated to the “late” Emery Lejeune and necessary to retain the area’s fire rating of five, given by PIAL, Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. This fire protection district begins at the edge of state Highway 104 where the W.C. Read Fire Station’s coverage ends and continues to the Town of Basile and into Acadia Parish in the Tepetate area. Fire Chief Michael “Mike” Arnold said this is the second station in Duralde; the first is near the Bayou Decane Water System. There is a station in Basile and one in Tepetate. He said PIAL suggested the second station due to the tremendous new homes and buildings being constructed in the area over the last few years. Mrs. Wedna Lejeune, wife of Emery, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony with her five children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Father Ed Duhon, associate pastor of St. Anthony’s of Eunice and associate pastor of Annunciation Church of Duralde blessed the station, equipment and those in attendance. Assisting was Deacon Chuck Ortego, administrator of Annunciation Church of Duralde Arnold introduced the board members and officers of the department. Refreshments were served. A fire statue was placed at the station, compliments of Mrs. Wedna Lejeune.