The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department held a memorial Sunday for two sisters who died after the car they were riding in plunged into Black Bayou four years ago.
The roadside ceremony was to remember Patience Lobell and Faith Catislaw.
“One thing that you’ve got to love about Ascension Parish is how often the community as a whole comes together in times of need,” St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc said. “Accidents happen, hurricanes hit, flooding occurs, and all you see are friends, neighbors and complete strangers standing side by side ready to assist. What we sometimes forget is how very beautiful the parish can be when it comes to the art of remembering. We simply don’t forget the bad things. We recognize them and band together. We continue to live in a full-faith community, that still believes in family values.”
For the past four years since the accident, members of the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department have joined to pray along with St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Chaplain Ken Spivey. During the memorial ceremony, emergency first responders and family members place flowers in the water and “think back upon that tragic night,” LeBlanc said.
“It was a tragic event for everyone involved,” LeBlanc said. “To try and save them all was our first priority, but realizing we couldn’t was a hard pill to swallow. We come here every year and remember those beautiful angels and think back upon how hard we fought to do all we could that night. The parish has continued to feel sadness, and we need to never forget their smiling faces.”
Their mother, Raelyn Enclade, who was driving the car, survived the crash, along with two other passengers.
“They were beautiful children and wonderful daughters,” Enclade said. “I can never truly explain how many people were there for me at that time, but to know how many still support my girls and myself after four years has passed is beyond beautiful. They need to be remembered. They cannot be forgotten, as if we do that, we lose sight of who they could have become. And I believe they would have impacted this community and made me very proud.”