During the 101st Annual Convention of the American Legion Department of Louisiana, which was held in Alexandria on June 8, Retired Chief Hulin Theriot (left) of the Jennings Fire Department was recognized as the American Legion State Firefighter of the Year. Theriot was not able to attend the convention because of medical issues, so Horace Naquin (right), James O. Hall American Legion Post 19 commander, travelled to Theriot’s home to present the award. Theriot was a member of the Jennings Fire Department for 39 years, serving the last 10 years as fire chief. He was trained in all facets of firefighting, and was a well-known and well respected instructor in the area of firefighting, teaching in courses throughout the state of Louisiana. Theriot is now in contention for the American Legion National Firefighter of the Year Award. Hulin Theriot’s father, also named Hulin Theriot, is a past commander of Post 19.