Local fire investigator received special award
BATON ROUGE - An arson investigator from Baton Rouge took home a big prize at a state conference.
Levert Kemp has been investigating arson-related fires for only four years and is the youngest investigator in the department, but he takes his job seriously.
"It takes a couple of years to get the hang of the job," said Kemp. "These crimes affect more than people think, the monetary damage is obvious. It's an eyesore. It's a crime, and along side with being a crime, it's a bad deal for the whole community."
Kemp has solved and handled more than 90 arson cases over the course of his brief but effective career. He was recognized and presented with the 2014 Wylie Morvant Fire Investigator of the Year award for the Louisiana chapter.
"Its just a shock because I work along side such good investigators on the private side, and to be distinguished and recognized among those guys as investigator of the year...it's a surprise."
Kemp's enthusiasm for the job has influenced and touched his fellow coworkers, inspiring them to further excel in their assigned roles.
"We need to learn from his passion," said Darryl Sanders, senior fire investigator. "I appreciate his diligence, I thank him for his diligence."
Kemp is the first African American to received the award for investigator of the year.