Spencer James Chauvin was born April 3, 1980, to his parents, Donna Tassin and Ivy Chauvin Jr. He grew up in the rural town of Edgard, Louisiana. His father and grandfather were members of the local volunteer fire department, where his father served as chief for years. From an early age, Spencer developed an interest in firefighting, spending lots of time at the station helping with fundraisers and participating in training activities.
On June 13, 1995, he started his firefighting career as a junior firefighter for St. John Westside Volunteer Fire Department. He worked his way up the ranks in the volunteer department and eventually held the position of captain. He also served as the president of the volunteer organization. During his years as a volunteer, he received the Bobby Perez Memorial Award for Fireman of the Year in 2001 and the Earl Baloney Jr. Memorial Award for Outstanding First Responder in 2008.
He graduated from St. Charles Catholic High School in 1998, attended college and eventually received his associate degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University. He became an EMT in 2003 and accepted a job with Acadian Ambulance. He received the Hurst Green Cross Award in 2003. During his time working for Acadian Ambulance he received the Acadian Meritorious Service award in 2004 for delivering a baby inside a residence. He began his dream job in 2004 as a firefighter with St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Department and was promoted to district chief in 2006. Spencer received a 15 years of service award, Hurricane Isaac service award, and St. John Responder of the Year Award from the St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Department.
He married Jennifer Guidry in 2006. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Jude Lewis, born in 2009, and Jade Michel, born in 2011. Spencer was a loving husband, outstanding father, great friend, and the epitome of what a district chief should be. He was very active in the community and in the lives of his children by coaching several sports.
On August 28, 2016, he sacrificed his life for the lives of his fellow firefighters. He was one of a kind. He was a selfless man full of honor, integrity, and with a heart to always serve others. His unique nature has become known as The Spencer Way. He has impacted the lives of many people both professionally and personally. He left an excellent example for all to follow.