Volunteer firefighter begins path to recovery
Travis Bourdier, the volunteer firefighter who suffered two broken legs after being hit by a vehicle while he was helping direct traffic from another crash, is beginning his long road to recovery.
He began therapy last week to learn to walk again.
Bourdier — who is a volunteer firefighter for Morgan City, Berwick, Bayou Vista and Patterson, along with being an auxiliary police officer for Patterson — was struck at nearly midnight Sept. 28. A vehicle ran into a Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department rescue fire truck near the La. 70 exit ramp while its crew was assisting the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office with diverting traffic caused from a traffic crash in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 90 bridge.
The firefighters were in a “blocking” position to keep cars out of those lanes when the truck was hit.
Charges are pending against Daniel Ramirez, 38, of Lake Palourde Road in Amelia, the driver of the vehicle that injured Bourdier, said Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch.
Morgan City police are waiting for toxicology results in order to file an arrest warrant, Crouch said. Even under a rush order, that could take three months, he said.
Meanwhile, Bourdier continues his recovery, and the community rallies around him.
After the accident, Bourdier had to have three surgeries to insert a pin in each leg and to straighten a knee, which was off about 10 degrees. As he pulls back the covers over his legs, he reveals scars that are healing.
Bourdier declines to discuss the actual incident, the memory still to fresh. Still, he sits in his bed recovering while listening to the calls on a portable police radio.
Wife Becky Bourdier says he is gaining some independence.
So much so, in fact, that he has been asked to be the grand marshal of the Patterson Christmas parade Dec. 15.
Numerous benefits for Bourdier have been held including those through Domino’s, Divine Donuts and Rita Mae’s. Berwick and Bayou Vista volunteer fire departments held boot shakes, and the Bayou Vista volunteers held a raffle with prize donations from Aucoin’s Hardware, Tiger Island Hardware and Aaron’s Rent-to-Own.
The Patterson Police Department held a blood drive, and the Knights of Columbus Council 1710 in Patterson made a donation.
Additionally, a benefit checking account has been opened at Whitney Bank for Bourdier. Donations can be made at any branch to the Travis Bourdier Benefit Account.
Travis and Becky Bourdier wished to personally thank numerous friends who continue to assist the family with their daily needs including Gerald Price, Linda Crappell, Victor Pisani, Jeff McDougall, Chris Detiveaux, Ricky Roberts, Dennis Gilmore, Brock Hollier, Joshua and Katie Ashley, Blake Giroir, Josh Francis, Mike Raymond Jr. and Kevin Kinslow.
Before his accident, Bourdier was an inspector for Cameron. He and his wife have two children, ages 13 and 14.