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Line of Duty Deaths"All gave some, some gave all"(A tour to REMEMBER - A tour to HONOR - A tour to NEVER FORGET)

Debora Scott

Borden Chemical / Our Lady of the Lake College

Debora Scott, 36, an EMT with Borden Chemical, and a student at Our Lady of the Lake College under the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Program, died on November 14, 1999, from injuries she received in a violent ambulance crash the previous day. 

Benjamin C. Rouchon

Acadian Ambulance Service

Benjamin C. Rouchon, 25, lost his life on December 21, 2003.  He was responding to a medical call when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.  Ben was halfway through his paramedic training and was a 2 1/2 year veteran Emergency Medical Technician. 

Shane S. Brown

DeSoto Fire Department

Shane S. Brown, 25, lost his life in the line of duty on December 24, 2003.  He was on a medical call of a lady down with respiratory distress in Mansfield, Louisiana.  Driving to the site he crossed railroad tracks and was hit by an oncoming train, causing multiple explosions, throwing the rescue vehicle over 60 feet. 

Don McCloud

Acadian Ambulance Service, Air Med

Don McCloud, a pilot employed by Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., and assigned to Acadian Ambulance Air Med Services for seven (7) years, lost his life in a helicopter crash while returning from transporting a burn patient to Shreveport, LA.  The crash occurred ten (10) miles north of Alexandria, LA.  The flight paramedic on board survived the crash with moderate injuries but was able to walk away from the accident scene and call for help.

Christopher Peterson

Ward Four Fire Protection District

Christopher Peterson, 22, died on September 3, 2011 while responding to a medical call.  The vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road and struck an embankment and several trees.

Individuals who made major contributions to EMSAlso individuals with 20 years service in EMS

Tim Butcher

Elaine P. Nunez Vo-Tech

Paul Marmino

Crowley Fire Dept

Dr. Eduardo Marvez-Valls

LSU Dept of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Arthur Vidrine


Ben Giovengo

East Baton Rouge EMS

Robert “Bob” Chadborn

East Jefferson Hospital EMS

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John P. Matran Sr.


Phil Alimia

Westwego EMS

Betty “EMS Betty” Kerry

Louisiana Bureau of EMS

A Man whose life was EMS

We would like to give special honor a man who advanced Pre-Hospital Care and the entire EMS system here in Louisiana and around the world!  Pioneer, educator and friend.

Dr Norman McSwain's life will be remembered for the impact he made on emergency trauma care. As a member of the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, he helped develop the Advanced Trauma Life Support and the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support programs. His methods are widely regarded as the standard for trauma care outside hospitals.

His practices have been taught to more than 500,000 people in 45 countries. He was also the only physician in the American College of Surgeons' history to achieve all five major trauma awards.

Dr. McSwain served as director of trauma for the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center at the Interim LSU Hospital was a surgery professor at Tulane's School of Medicine. He also served as a consulting medical director for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for almost 30 years.

Originally from Alabama, Dr. McSwain is credited for the creation of emergency medical service programs in New Orleans and Kansas.

Dr. McSwain earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, He was later drawn to New Orleans because he believed Charity Hospital to be "one of the three most important trauma centers in the United States."

Dr. McSwain spent his time in New Orleans as he did in Kansas—he helped lift Interim LSU Hospital to become a Level I trauma center and started training police in basic emergency medical and paramedic procedures.