Submitted by his Family
Benjamin Craig Rouchon‚ 25 years old‚ was home with his family in Clinton‚ Louisiana‚ on a Sunday morning‚ when he got word that the Woodland Fire Department was requesting medical help. A routine medical call for one local volunteer firefighter/first responder became the last one that he would ever go on. Ben‚ known to fire departments as 327‚ died in an automobile accident while en route to a medical call in Clinton. Benjamin was honored with the presence of Acadian Ambulance‚ which he worked for‚ along with his fire department family‚ Clinton Police Department‚ and the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office‚ all of which he made time for.
Ben was born in Zachary‚ Louisiana‚ and raised in Clinton and could never imagine living elsewhere. The pride and admiration he had for his community was resoundingly expressed in his actions. He was active in church and took pride in his faith. Ben’s dedication to provide a positive environment for the youth in his community was astounding‚ from coaching baseball to being a leader in his church’s youth group. He joined the volunteer fire department in high school. Ben also served as a reserve Clinton Police officer. Ben was about to complete his tactical EMT training‚ and his excitement was contagious. Ben worked for Acadian Ambulance‚ and he had found his calling. He loved what he did‚ and he was good at it. Ben was a man of true integrity‚ gentle strength‚ and many more qualities that there is paper. He truly did not want any credit for all the things he did. All of his many accomplishments were earned‚ and the gratitude he had for those who believed in him was immeasurable. Ben was a respected and highly dedicated medic‚ and loving team member who served his community well.
Those who knew Ben knew he was a character; he always had a straight face even when he was joking. He was a friend‚ a colleague and a fellow first responder. He had a family besides his birth family that only a few knew about. The family I speak of is his fire department family. Ben was going to help his fellow fire department members on Sunday morning when his life was put in the hands of his fire department family.