Posted: May 24, 2011 6:15 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: May 24, 2011 6:15 PM
President George W. Bush spends the afternoon in Lafayette to honor one man. He was one of five speakers including Governor Jindal. They were at the Cajundome to honor the Acadian Ambulance Paramedic of the Year.
Drew Brees and Payton Manning have been a few of the keynote speakers in the past, but this year the 43rd president of the United States took the stage.
President Bush addressed a few thousand people in the Cajundome including the 2011 Paramedic of the Year-Steven Simon.
Simon said he feels very honored and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
He's been working for Acadiana Ambulance for 11 years. He said he didn't expect to win.
"I was surprised," he said. "I was shocked.. My response was actually 'wow' when I got the call. There are medics that have been here many years and they are as well-deserving, but this time it was my year I guess."
He said winning the award will make him work even harder because he'll have to live up to his new title.
"The most rewarding thing to me is when a patient or patients family comes up to me and says thank you for helping me," he said.
Members of the media weren't allowed in the room while bush was speaking because of orders from the Secret Service.
However, we did learn he spoke about how important it was to stick to your principles, how much he believed in freedom and he also cracked a few jokes about his presidency.