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Youngsville Police Chief shows support for Jamie Bergeron

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 23:53:23-04

Tonight there is mixed reaction after Jamie Bergeron was fired from Acadian Ambulance over Instagram Posts featuring violent and racist themes.

On Facebook, Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux said, "I support Jamie Bergeron."

We asked Boudreaux to clarify his post and the Chief tells KATC he supports Bergeron's right to free speech and mentioned Bergeron's "good heart."

Bergeron, a paramedic and a Cajun musician, has an Instagram account which is now private.

Over the weekend, we asked him about the posts, and he expressed remorse. Bergeron released a statement saying in part, "I would ask that people consider my many years of saving lives and helping people - of all races. That is my heart and that is me. Judge me from that."

Bergeron's apology was not enough to save his job.

In a statement, Acadian said, "The underlying insensitivity and disrespect" of the posts do not represent their company. The statement went on to say, "As an emergency services company, we move very quickly and we have done so in this instance as well."

Acadian is vowing to do its part to educate its employees about the value of a diverse workforce and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

We reached out to Bergeron since his termination, but we have not heard back.

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