Sunday, March 11 2018
Jon and I are honored and grateful to announce The White House has invited Cajun Navy 2016 to the ceremony honoring the Houston Astros! This time Jon will be bringing 5 members of our group with him. It is truly a blessing to have a POTUS who understands and recognizes the significance of citizens helping citizens. Hundreds of men and women volunteered their time and resources to help over the last 2 years, and many continue to do so, we would like to thank each of you. We are excited to be able to share this experience with some very deserving men, who were an integral part of the Cajun Navy movement during the Hurricane Harvey disaster and recovery. These men show what can happen when everyday people step up to help others. In a continuation of support for our neighbors in Texas, we will be at the ceremony Monday honoring the Houston Astros for their World Series Championship!
John Able is from Blanchard, La. John has a 6-year-old son. John and his team, started rescues on Monday August 28th in Dayton, Tx. On Tuesday, Lee Tullis, Dylan Lumpkin, Mal Sneed, Dustin Jones with S3 Powersports, and John, launched in the Kingwood area where they spent 13 hours rescuing in different neighborhoods by way of the San Jacinto River. On Wednesday they helped to evacuate the Robert A. Bowers Civic Center, it was a designated shelter holding 500 people, and had started taking on water the night before. After that they went on to Port Arthur and combed through the neighborhoods looking for anyone needing rescue.
Daniel Richardson has one son and is originally from French Settlement, La. Daniel has lived and worked from coast to coast and border to border. He moved back to Louisiana 3 years ago. Daniel is a pipe liner by trade and is currently working for WB SHEDD Mechanical Division as a supervisor. After receiving a phone call from his sister n law, informing him that the Cajun Navy 2016 was looking for volunteers, he hooked up his airboat and headed to Costco. Daniel was in our first group of volunteers to head to Texas. Daniel, along with Brady Jordan and Kiran Chawla with WAFB news, spent several days rescuing in and around the San Jacinto River area and Orange, Tx.
Ben Husser resides in Hammond, La. with his wife Barbara and their children. Ben has been an active member of the Louisiana National Guard for 26 years. He has been actively involved in all hurricane and storm missions in the state of Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. During the Great Flood of 2016, Ben was doing boat rescues in Robert, Denham Springs, and St. Amant. When Harvey struck, he led a team of over 50 volunteers in Channel View, Tx. Later he was asked to help in Port Arthur where he found a flooded nursing home with over 70 residents. Ben led the charge to bring the residents to safety. Today, he continues to volunteer as a leader and prepare Cajun Navy 2016 for future events.
Billy Brinegar resides in Watson, La. with his family. Billy is a father and grandfather. He has been in the auto repair industry for 26 years and owns Budget Transmission in Baton Rouge, La. Recognizing a need and being someone who desires to help others, he loaded up his cooking supplies and drove to Pasadena, Tx., where he spent days cooking and serving those in need. Along with the help of James Martin and his daughter Megan Johnson, they were able to serve 3000 plates of jambalaya!
Rev. Louis Husser is the senior pastor at Crossgate Church in Robert, La., where he has served for the past 26 years. Rev. Husser has served as a minister and evangelist for over 40 years including; Disaster Relief Chaplin for Louisiana Baptist Convention, former Chairman of Louisiana Baptist Convention for Moral and Social Concerns, gospel recording artist, and is currently authoring a book entitled “How to Forgive”. During Hurricane Katrina, Crossgate served as a hub for needed supplies, several tons of commodities poured through to those in need. In 2016 Crossgate flooded, yet they were determined to help their community before rebuilding. When Harvey hit, Rev. Husser wanting to give back, gladly joined his son in a boat doing rescues in Houston, Channelview, Beaumont, and Port Arthur. Rev. Husser was instrumental in helping Cajun Navy 2016 to move supplies into Texas.
Thank you and God Bless!
Jon and Laurie Bridgers