In memoriam: Melvin Richard Pettit

Our community is saddened by the recent loss of Chief Melvin Richard Pettit who passed away Sunday, September 27th at the age of 76. Chief Pettit was the first Fire Chief for Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4.

Born in Indiana, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his discharge, Chief Pettit worked as a police officer for the City of Baton Rouge and served as a volunteer for what was then known as the Walker Fire Department.

In 1975, Chief Pettit and a group of other concerned citizens recognized the need for fire protection in the rural, unincorporated areas of the parish. The group approached the Police Jury and formed what we know today as Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4.

Serving as the first chief for the newly created district, Chief Pettit worked in support of a bond issue to purchase the department’s first four fire trucks and build the first four fire stations. These stations are still in operation today. His pioneering efforts have contributed greatly to the quality of life for citizens of Walker and all of Livingston Parish.

Visitation for Chief Pettit will be Friday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seale’s Funeral Home in Denham Springs, and Saturday, October 3rd from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Plainview Baptist Church located at 25171 Joe May Road in Denham Springs. Funeral services and internment will follow at 11 a.m.