Gaston Aloysius Gagne III began organized firefighting with the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department in 1983. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. After serving in the Navy he moved to El Paso‚ Texas‚ and obtained his Texas Department of Health paramedic patch. He started his career with the City of Baytown Fire Department in 1993. He earned his Hazardous Material Operator Certificate and was part of the city’s Hazardous Material Response Team. He was also with the Urban Search & Rescue Team.
Gaston was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year in 2008. One of his outstanding contributions was in the nationally recognized ‘Beat Alley’ fire prevention presentations to the primary and elementary schools. Gaston was a leader in the area of firefighter physical fitness. His involvement in fitness training was a twice a day every shift commitment. His involvement went far beyond just his own fitness; he tried to help motivate his crew members to improve their status together.
Gaston enjoyed life to the fullest‚ always busy and forever entertaining others. He loved riding his Harley‚ either with a group or by himself. Gaston was a ‘Mr. Fixit‚’ believing there was nothing he could not do.
Gaston Aloysius Gagne III was truly a unique personality.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years‚ Elizabeth; his son‚ Gaston IV (Sonny); stepdaughters‚ Leslie Myers and Robin Greeninger; and grandchildren‚ Hunter‚ Holly and Harley Myers.