Public invited as Geismar firefighter escorted back to Ascension Parish

UPDATE: THE TIME HAS NOW BEEN PUSHED BACK TO BETWEEN 6 – 6:30 P.M.

GEISMAR — A Geismar volunteer firefighter’s body will be escorted back to Ascension Parish from New Orleans after he lost his battle to Leukemia.

Arrington Beasley, 31, of Geismar, died Sunday evening, June 2, 2024, around 9:45 p.m. with his family by his side in a New Orleans hospital.

“He had been diagnosed with Leukemia six weeks ago. It happened and he deteriorated very quickly. He was not married. He leaves behind two little girls,” said Geismar Fire Chief Nat Stephens.

Beasley started as a volunteer firefighter with the Geismar Fire Dept. when he was just a teenager in the junior program. From there, he worked his way up the ranks to captain. Throughout his entire nearly 15 years however, Beasley continued volunteering his time and had been a volunteer over 15 years.

“It’s very, very difficult nowadays to get people to volunteer, especially with youngsters. This core group joined and they have hung in with us. They’re grown into men and women now and give back to the community in the form of volunteer firefighters,” said Chief Stephens.

Chief Stephens says Beasley was a typical man who enjoyed fishing, was a Saints fan and loved his friends, family and community. In fact, he loved the water so much he was on the fire department’s swift water rescue team.

“He was very dedicated to his community. He had lots of character and someone everyone loved to be around,” Chief Stephens added.

The Geismar Volunteer Fire Dept. falls under the Ascension Parish Fire District #1. Fire Chief James LeBlanc is the chairman of APFD #1.

“In November, we took several guys to Texas and he was healthy. We went back in February and he was healthy as a horse,” said Chief LeBlanc. “It just came on suddenly and it’s truly a loss to our entire fire department family because he was constantly giving back to the community however he could.”

It’s why, now is the time for the community to reciprocate the support for Arrington Beasley. The fire department will escort Beasley’s body back to Ascension Parish Monday evening around 6 p.m.

“The family truly appreciates the outpouring of love and support. It’s been tremendous and it’s really been felt. I’m proud to be from Ascension with how this community has stepped up,” said Chief LeBlanc.

Ascension fire officials are expected to drive to New Orleans and return to Ascension Parish between 6-6:30 p.m. on June 3, 2024. The public is requested to line the streets to show your support for Beasley. The public is requested to line the streets near the Geismar Fire Dept. at 12173 Hwy. 73. Below is a map of the route for the escort. After passing the fire dept., the escort will go left on Cornerview Rd. and end at Hambrick’s Family Mortuary on W. Worthey St. in Gonzales.

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