BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) — Nathan Richard serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Thibodaux Fire Department. He’s also the reigning ‘King of Louisiana and American Seafood,’ an honor bestowed upon him after winning the 12th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off in June.
When in the kitchen, you can find Richard making one of his signature dishes: crawfish and goat cheese king cake topped with cream cheese pepper jelly, crab fat, sugar and cajun caviar.
Today, however, Richard was focused on something outside of food. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Richard led a group of firefighters from south Louisiana, including the St. George Fire Department as they completed a mission to honor the lives lost on that horrific day.
“I’ve never seen Tiger Stadium so peaceful and quiet,” Richard told NBC Local 33.
Inside Louisiana State University’s football stadium, Richard and his peers climbed 2,200 steps to pay tribute and remember the lives of first responders at Ground Zero who didn’t make it back home.
“Putting myself through the pain is the least I can do for the family members,” said Richard.
Outside of today’s event, Richard is active on Facebook where almost every post is in honor of someone related to the attacks.