Photo provided by JAMES E. LEBLANC -- Gathering during a recent meeting, from left, are Paul Holden, Ascension Parish Industrial Group Community Awareness Emergency Response treasurer; Maj. Lee Anderson, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Paulette Rosamond, Ascension Parish Industrial Group Community Awareness Emergency Response secretary; Capt. Cody Melancon, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; James E. LeBlanc, Ascension Parish Industrial Group CAER Chairman; and Col. Bobby Weber, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Ascension Parish Industrial Group Community Awareness Emergency Response participated in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas Crusade for Children last month.

The group has participated in the crusade for more than 15 years, Chairman James E. LeBlanc said in a news release.

“We’re just happy to be a part of this event and happy to help our community children have a nice Christmas.”

The Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee’s membership, which includes chemical and industrial companies in Ascension Parish, works closely with parish government and the Sheriff’s Office to define and prepare procedures that would be used during a chemical or industrial emergency, LeBlanc said.