Chief Gary S. Blocker Jr. started volunteering at the Covington Fire Department at the age of 14. After graduating from high school in 1997 he was hired as a full-time firefighter and began his career in public safety. Still wanting to serve his community, Chief Blocker joined the Covington Police Department in 2000 as a reserve police officer, where he is now a Lieutenant in the reserves. He worked numerous positions throughout his career at the Covington Fire Department such as Dispatch, Fire Suppression, K-9 Handler, Administration, Chief of Prevention, and now the Fire Chief.
Chief Blocker and his wife, Tammy, have two children. Tammy Blocker is a police officer with the Covington Police Department where she serves as a Lieutenant over the Traffic Division. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys volunteering in the community. Chief Blocker and his family usually deliver meals with other volunteers during the holidays.
United Way Sponsors Day of Action
The West St. Tammany United Way Day of Action in partnership with Rain Carbon took place last Friday, September 21, at the Covington Recreational Complex, located at 4001 Des Porres Road. This community event was held to complete the following projects:
Paint Baseball Stands/Bleachers
Build and Install Team Sideline Benches
Build Outdoor Stage Deck
Paint Concession Stand Building
Pruning and Landscaping, as needed
The Covington Fire Department lends a hand at the United Way Day of Action at the Covington Recreational Complex on Des Porres Road off Ronald Reagan Hwy.
CFD Participates in 9/11 Stair Climb
Covington Firefighters participating in the 2018 New Orleans Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 Firefighters, 60 Law Enforcement Officers and 8 Emergency Medical Technicians who lost their lives on 9/11/01. They climbed a total of 110 floors.