Fire academy grads following in fathers' footsteps
BATON ROUGE - After saying the last few words of the Firefighter's Oath, 35 men became the newest members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Most are fulfilling a dream they've had for years. But for Josh Gilbaud, that dream goes a little further back
"I can always remember as a kid, with mom we'd swing by the station once in a while and go in there and hang out," he said.
Gilbaud is what they call a 'legacy.' His father, Clarence Gilbaud, served the fire department for 30 years before retiring recently.
The senior Gilbaud can't hide the twinkle in his eye as he talks about his son following in his footsteps.
"Whatever we did and he would come along. And he saw exactly what we did, and I think that's what triggered him to become a firefighter," says Gilbaud.
Tagging along with dad is what made Derius Truitt want to join the department as well.
"I get to wake up in the morning and work with my dad. Like ‘hey I'm going what I've seen him do for so much.' It's a wonderful feeling," he says.
Derius' father, Willie Truitt, has been fighting fires for nearly twenty years in Baton Rouge. He's hoping to get Derius in at his station, and says he's confident his son can stand the heat.
"I never worried, I never worried. Mama, now that's a little different story. But me? He'll be alright," says Truitt.
All 35 of the recruits completed the six months of training together.