WHEREAS, the citizens of West Feliciana Parish lost a good citizen and outstanding public employee with the tragic death of Deputy Fire Chief Russell A. Achord on Wednesday, January 17, 2018; and

          WHEREAS, before graduating from West Feliciana Parish High School, Russell was active in youth organizations, including highschool sports and Scouting; and

          WHEREAS, in Scouting he was a youth leader; he always was eager to help younger boys in their progression in the Scouting program. In all his youth activities he displayed a “can do” spirit; he was liked and respected by adult leaders and youngsters as well; and

          WHEREAS, Russell’s eagerness to help, along with his proactive qualities, followed him in his adult life, bringing him success in public service and the love and respect of the community; and

          WHEREAS, in his early twenties Russell A. Achord began as a volunteer firefighter with the West Feliciana Fire Protection District. This commitment carried him into an accomplished career as a paramedic, law enforcement officer, and professional firefighter; and

          WHEREAS, for the last three and one-half years of his life Russell served as the Deputy Fire Chief of West Feliciana Parish and was considered the heir apparent to the soon to be vacated top position of Fire Chief; and

          WHEREAS, Russell received numerous awards, including an award for Valor in the Line of Duty. He also served as Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 61 of St. Francisville:

          NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana, on behalf of the entire community, hereby expresses its appreciation for Deputy Fire Chief Russell A. Achord and his passion for serving and helping everyone he met, for being a friend to all, and for his outstanding public service during his too brief life.
          AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, on behalf of the entire community, extends deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed by all.

                                                                                                            William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor:
                                                                                                            TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE
                                                                                                            January 23, 2018


Shannon Sturgeon, Town Clerk


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