(3/25/19) For Jacob and Josh Bourgeois firefighting is a family affair.
The 22-year-old identical twins are celebrating their 4th year as firefighters with the Lafayette Fire Department, following in the footsteps of their uncles Jim and John Bourgeois, who were firefighters in Lafayette for a combined total of 40 years.
The dapper brothers, born October 31, 1996, look, sound and act almost exactly alike, their mother Jenn Bourgeois says, with one exception that Josh has a distinguishing freckle on his left cheek.
“They will kill me but I can also say that one is slighly heavier than the other, although I’m not saying who, but overall both my boys are in great shape.”
Jacob and Josh Bourgeois graduated from Teurlings High School in 2014 and kept the family tradition going by immediately enrolling into the Lafayette Fire Academy together.
Following the 22-week training period, both passed the test to become firefighters and were assigned the same shift, however at different fire stations within the city.
Jacob, who is the oldest by 2 minutes, works 24 hour shifts, one day on and then one day off, at Fire Station 2 on Mudd Avenue.
Josh works 24 hour shifts, one day on then one day off, at Fire Station 6 on Johnston Street.
“You have to do something in your life that is honorable and courageous if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is a fire.” Josh Bourgeois said.
“It is truly rewarding to be able to show up in a moments notice to save life and property, without hesitation and to be their for the citizens of Lafayette when they are in need. Also, the bond I have with my crew, the brotherhood that is made along the way is what its all about.” Jacob Bourgeois said.
The twins never stand on the sidelines and watch, Fire Captain Christopher Duplechin said.
“Both have an amazing work ethic for such young men,” he said. “Both are driven to succeed and want to learn and be apart of everything.”
Lafayette Fire Department Public Information Officer Alton Trahan says the Bourgeois twins are the third set of twins to serve as Lafayette Firefighters.