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Parish recognizes first “Outstanding Citizen Award” recipient

Parish recognizes first “Outstanding Citizen Award” recipient

The first recipient of the Lafourche “Outstanding Citizen Award” was recognized Tuesday night when James “Jim” Montez accepted the accolade for his decades of service to the Lafourche community.

Montez accepted a plaque in his honor during a short ceremony at the February 12 Lafourche Parish Council public meeting in Mathews.

According to the 2018 resolution which created it, the “Outstanding Citizen Award” pays tribute to Lafourche residents who exemplify “extraordinary accomplishments, heroic and courageous efforts and selfless service and deeds that improve the lives of residents.”

Mr. Montez has been a volunteer firefighter in Fire District #3 since 1973 and is a perfect example of what the award was designed to recognize — the selfless volunteer.

In congratulating Montez, Council Chairman Armand Autin noted that he is a United States Marine Corp veteran and thanked him for “service to our parish and the citizens.”

Fire District #3 Chief Kully Griffin described Montez as the district’s “top volunteer, whose opinion is always taken into account, and that goes to show what type of person he is.”

Councilman Jerry Lafont thanked Montez for “helping to save lives and always giving back to the community.”

In receiving a plaque in his honor Montez simply thanked everyone for their support.

Any resident of Lafourche Parish may nominate someone for the award. More information and nominee criteria is available at