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Hemba, Vince Families Present Check to Eastside Fire Department Diving Team

Posted by zachary on April 19, 2018

Hemba, Vince Families Present Check to Eastside Fire Department Diving Team

On Friday, April 6, the Hemba and Vince families, who tragically lost members of their immediate families in a hunting/boating accident, extended their gratitude to the Zachary and Eastside Fire Department’s.   It was the families’ desire to present a check to the Eastside Fire Department Dive Team, who courageously recovered the bodies of their loved ones on January 28, 2018. After the accident, an account was set up to receive donations toward the purchase of dive equipment for the team. 

The Eastside Fire Department Dive Team provides divers and trained personnel at the scene of drowning incidents for the purpose of victim rescue/ recovery in East Baton Rouge Parish. Three certified underwater divers are on duty every shift at Eastside Fire Department and respond as needed. A check in the amount of $6,200 was presented to the dive team for the purchase of two new dry suits, specially designed to give protection from pressure loads and extreme cold temperatures.  Dry suits keep you warmer because the thermal conductivity of water is 24 times higher than air, so your body loses heat a lot faster when in contact with water.  The money will also be used to update the current diving gear equipment, raising it to higher standards. 

The Hemba and Vince families personally thanked the Eastside Fire Department Diving Team, as well as the Zachary Fire Department for everything they did in the recovery of their loved ones. 

Pictured above: (left to right) Dickie Pendergist, Eastside Chief Brian Besson, Eastside Captain Lee Dagro, Darlene Pendergist, Joyce Hemba, Jimmy Hemba, Joe Hemba, Tatum Pendergist Vince, Eastside Captain Chase Hebert and Eastside Chief Keith Smith and Front Row: Renee Tatum (aunt)

Pictured, left to right is: Zachary Captain Mike Lejeune, Eastside Chief Brian Besson, Eastside Captain Lee Drago, Darlene Pendergist, Joyce Hemba, Joe Hemba, Tatum Pendergist Vince, Eastside Captain Chase Hebert, Eastside Chief Keith Smith, Jimmy Hemba, Robin Hemba, Zachary Captain Ronald Hives, Zachary Chief Glenn Triche, Zachary Fire Fighter Chase Lord – Front row – Zachary Fire Fighter Cody Shaffer, Zachary Fire Fighter Ron Anders, Renee Tatum and Emily Hemba