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Abraham honors West Feliciana firefighter Russell Achord

January 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, spoke on the floor of the House on Friday to honor the memory of West Feliciana firefighter Russell Achord, who died this week in the line of duty.

To view the speech on YouTube, click here.

Dr. Abraham's remarks as prepared for delivery are as follows:

Mr. Speaker,
I rise today to honor the life and ultimate sacrifice of West Feliciana Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who died Wednesday while responding to a car accident.
Chief Achord served for 24 years and earned Officer of the Year and Valor in the Line of Duty recognitions during that time.
He also helped the community by implementing programs to teach high school students emergency care and improving the Fire District’s standard of care.
It is because of the sacrifices of first responders like Chief Achord that we enjoy the lives we’re able to lead.
Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe, and for that we can never say thank you enough.
Louisiana and West Feliciana Parish are better because of Chief Achord, and I ask that you keep his family and his fire house in your prayers as they grieve.
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I yield back.