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Eunice firefighters take action to remove graffiti off historic building

Eunice firefighters take action to remove graffiti off historic building
Posted at 11:56 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 00:56:44-04

The search continues for the people who sprayed graffiti on an historic building in Eunice. KATC obtained surveillance video from the Eunice Police Department.

It shows two people on bikes, picking up cans of spray paint left outside a building near the Liberty Theatre. The suspects then used that spray paint to tag the historic venue. A day afterwards, 2 firefighters spotted the graffiti and it their mission to restore and preserve the city's treasured theatre.

Just down the road from the theater is the Eunice Fire Department. Jeremy Faulkner and Blake Smith saw the graffiti on the historic building and went to work to help clean up.

"I had no problem," Faulkner said. "Once we saw it needed to be done we had to do it." They used their own personal equipment to remove the graffiti.

"I knew Memorial Day was coming up and I didn't want spray paint to show up,"Faulkner said. "So I at least threw a couple of white paint on there. I brought my personal pressure washer from my house to see if we could do it. It wasn't coming off so we brought some left over paint from the station and painted over it a few times."

Police Chief Randy Fontenot says the graffiti, takes away from the history behind the building.

"History is something important to all of us especially our culture here in Louisiana." Fontenot said. "It's very important to us and we'd like to preserve and keep that in good shape. We spend a lot of money to keep it in shape so it doesn't fall apart."

The firefighters were able to paint over a few spots that were tagged on theatre.

Faulkner also helps out with the cub scouts in the city. He hopes the children he works with learn something from the gesture. "One our many goals and value is if we see something, we do it. We don't look for recognition. It needed to be done, so we did it."

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