PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Horace Necaise, Junior worked as a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years. On the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Necaise was honored for his service during a special dedication ceremony.
"He was a good man a hardworking man," said Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott.
Mayor McDermott was amongst many who offered kind words and spirit filled stories about Horace Necaise Junior as they dedicated a new fire station named in his honor.
"He was a man that always had a full life of work," said Mayor McDermott. "There was no playtime with him, and he did an excellent job of raising his family."
A number of family, friends and other firefighters honored Necaise, a volunteer fireman who dedicated 37 years to saving lives.
"They get no pay. They get no benefits. They do it out of their heart, just like Mr. Necaise. They do it for mankind, helping them in their time of need," said Reggie Bell.
Bell is the executive director of the Mississippi State Fire Academy. Bell made the trip to the coast to honor the life and legacy of Necaise who died in his home during Hurricane Katrina.
"The citizens of Pass Christian and Harrison County benefited greatly for those 37 years that Mr. Necaise was there," said Bell.
As the city marks many tangible signs of progress, leaders say it's the sprit of dedication and determination that will last forever.
"This is not just a station, this is a home away from home," said Bell. "To the citizens of Pass Christian, it is a symbol of security. It is a symbol of safety at their time of need they know where help is."