When Arlana Shields, community development director, announced the event at a department heads meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Hildreth decided to discuss the competition with Chief Chuck Bourgeois. After their discussion, Chief Bourgeois decided to issue the police department a challenge and said, “The police department has been talking a lot of trash about the event. Come Saturday: Put up or shut up.”
The police department boldly, bravely and undeterred accepted the challenge and issued one of its own.
“I challenged the fire department to the 5K run/walk, but they refused my challenge,” Chief McGuire said.
Bourgeois countered, “We didn’t refuse the challenge; we just haven’t accepted it yet.”
At the city council meeting Tuesday, it was revealed that the fire department has been practicing at the fire station — with regulation toilet seats!
Chief McGuire called it “cheating.” Chief Bourgeois calls it “preparation.”
Each department has selected its best people to toss the Cajun horseshoes. On the fire department’s Gold Team is anchor Chief Bourgeois. He has nearly 30 years with the department and is an award-winning chef who thrives on competition.
At post is Lt. Brent Prados. He has competed in many firefighter skills competitions and has the moniker of “Point Man” because he always scores.
On the Silver Team for the fire department is Assistant Chief Jeff Hildreth at anchor. He is a two-time firefighter competition winner. At post is Assistant Medical Director Blake Comeaux. Comeaux is used to working under pressure in life or death situations as a paramedic. He is known as “Ringer.”
The police department’s Gold Team anchor is Lt. Tina Thibodeaux who is better known as “Give U The Business.” Lt. Thibodeaux has been “givin’ the business” for 20 years as a police officer. Although she is not an award-winning chef, she has been officer of the year many times throughout her career.
The post person is Detective Brandan Trahan who is also known as “Preacher.” Det. Trahan has traveled to Washington, D.C., to debate educators from all over the United States. Additionally, he is a first aid instructor; therefore, he can mend any “boo-boos” the fire department might have.
On the Silver Team for the police department is anchor Henry Darby or “Big Daddie.” Henry spent many years in the military and is the department’s secret weapon.
The post person on the Silver Team is Galen Verdun or “Hot Pickle.” Galen dances with billy goats so beware!
That’s the lineup for “A Throw Down Downtown.” The teams are competing for a year’s bragging rights in a winner-takes-all challenge. Don’t forget to come out to Veterans Park by the Peace Memorial at 1 p.m. Saturday. Don’t miss the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, or the fun of watching and laughing at the flying toilet seats!