Destrehan resident Blake Estevez has been named state firefighter of the year by the American Legion.
Estevez, 22, received the award for saving a little girl in a house fire in LaPlace.
Although he was the firefighter who picked the sleeping girl up and rushed her to safety, Estevez said he does not deserve the award for his effort’s alone.
"I was just responding to call and I wasn’t the only one there," Estevez said. "A lot of my fellow firefighters were on the scene that day and it just happened to be me who found her. But they deserve a lot of credit too because we work as a team."
After receiving the statewide award, Estevez will now be under consideration for the national firefighter of the year award.
In addition, he has received commendations by the St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parish councils.
Estevez is a professional firefighter for St. John the Baptist a volunteer firefighter at East St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department and a coroner’s investigator for St. Charles Parish.
Estevez lives in Destrehan with his parents and sisters.
His father, Pedro, is the fire chief at East St. East St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department, which is something he got into through his son.
Estevez said it did not take him long to turn his father on to fire fighting.
"At first he said ‘what are you doing?’ But after he heard me go out on a few calls he got really interested and decided to join," Estevez said.
|Blake Estevez posing with the recognition of tribute from the St. Charles Parish Council.|