On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Louisiana lawmakers formally honored Acadian Ambulance’s contributions to the state over the past 50 years. A resolution, which was presented by Senators Gerald Boudreaux and Barrow Peacock, was read in both the House of Representatives and Senate.
A portion of the resolution stated, “Whereas, Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. has been in continuous operation since September 1, 1971, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for 50 years, through hurricanes, floods, ice storms and, now, a pandemic.”
“Whereas, the culture associated with this great state, the relationships established, together with the dedicated service of its employees and with community, healthcare and governmental leaders is the foundation upon which Acadian Ambulance was built, and will enable Acadian to continue serving the citizens of Louisiana for another 50 years and beyond.”
“Therefore, be it resolved that the Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby commend and congratulate Acadian Companies for 50 years of service to the citizens of Louisiana.”
Following the presentation in each chamber, members of the House and Senate shared comments and remarks on Acadian’s history and contribution to their communities.
Acadian Ambulance Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag said, “I would like to thank Senator Gerald Boudreaux and Representative Jean-Paul Coussan for inviting us to the Capital to recognize our 50th anniversary, along with Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder for the unique honor and privilege of addressing their members from the podium in each chamber. I was also humbled by the kind remarks for so many members of the Senate and House during the presentation. Without the support of the Senate and the House, we would not be where we are today.”
“I think we all have an Acadian story, and those here today are just a small part of the 5,000 employees. When these people get up every day, it’s to save lives and protect the health and safety of our public,” said Senator Fred Mills, who is also a member of Acadian’s board of directors.
Senator Ronnie Johns and Representative Ryan Bourriaque both commended Acadian Ambulance’s commitment to the southwest Louisiana region following Hurricanes Laura and Delta in the fall of 2020.
Senator Johns said, “We will never forget what Acadian did for Southwest Louisiana last year after Hurricane Laura. They were out there risking their lives, doing their job, performing rescue missions. You all are near and dear to our hearts. Thank you very much.”
Representative Bourriaque added, “We’ve had a rough time in Southwest Louisiana, and Acadian has long supported our recovery efforts. They care about the community – the time and effort they put back is a testament to the leadership of the company.”
Senate President Cortez said, “Acadian operates in multiple states, but this is a Louisiana company. They’ve maintained their Louisiana presence, and we thank you for all that you do every day.”