Granger retires; Credeur to lead RVFD
By PAUL KEDINGER
The Rayne Volunteer Fire Department embarked on a new chapter Monday night as Allen “Noochie” Credeur was sworn in as the new fire chief, succeeding Barry Granger who stunned his fellow volunteer firefighters with his retirement announcement last week.
Granger was named fire chief in February 2011. He retires after 26 years as a volunteer fireman.
In an emotional tribute to his predecessor, Credeur noted approximately a month later, Granger faced the destruction created by the March 5, 2011 tornado.
Credeur spoke of Granger’s decision to check on the residents at each house in the northwest Rayne not once but twice. “We knocked at every door,” Credeur said.
He also talked about the fire at the South Rayne Elementary gym, but added, “Our bond goes way beyond the fire department,” as he described Granger’s assistance at the death of Credeur’s father.
Granger told his fellow volunteers, “I appreciate everything you have done for me,” as he congratulated Credeur and spoke of continuing efforts to improve the district’s fire rating.
Joining Credeur as the department’s 2014 officers are Phil Hebert, first assistant chief; Toby Credeur, second assistant chief; Michael Cormier, first captain; Joseph “Wa” Credeur, second captain; Jeremy LeBauve and Derrick LeBlanc, lieutenants; and Travis Guidry, publicity officer.
Installed as Association officers were Joseph “Wa” Credeur, president; Erik Menard, Secretary-Treasurer Michael Cormier and Justin Granger, Trevor Meche and Dillon Richard, as judges.
Assistant District Attorney David Smith administered the oaths of office.