Jim LeBlanc Training Center honors the late Leominster Emergency Management Director

Jim LeBlanc Training Center honors the late Leominster Emergency Management Director

LEOMINSTER – The crew at Emergency Administration has discovered a technique to honor their beloved and late chief in a significant and sensible method.

Director James ‘Jim’ LeBlanc Memorial Coaching Middle was devoted on October twenty second, an occasion that drew a big crowd. Mayor Dean Mazzarella, Emergency Administration Director Arthur Elpthal and different workers members, members of the LeBlanc household together with widow Jim Carroll, and plenty of others equivalent to police and fireplace chiefs gathered to honor town legend who has been with EM for greater than 5 a long time earlier than his premature demise in September final yr.

Leominster’s late Director of Emergency Administration James LeBlanc has been honored with a coaching heart in his title. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE FILE PHOTO)

“I did not know him, however I acknowledged him by sitting in his seat right here,” Bethal mentioned Friday of the well-known and revered man. “I perceive that he was an excellent man, the type of man everybody desires of their hometown.”

Leominster Entry Tv coated the dedication, which featured a number of audio system, and shared the video on its YouTube channel. Attendance to the occasion was so good, Bethal mentioned, that individuals queued outdoors the door of the spacious coaching room during which it was held.

“The gang was quiet, standing room solely,” he mentioned. “That basically speaks to who Jim was and what he meant for everybody.”

Born and raised in Leominster, LeBlanc graduated from Leominster Commerce Excessive College in 1965. It was there that he met his highschool sweetheart Carol, to whom he had solely been married for 56 years.

He started his prolific profession as a painter with the Foster Grant in Leominster the identical yr he graduated from highschool, resulting in a 50-year profession within the plastics trade the place LeBlanc was extremely regarded for his experience in optics. He remained on this discipline till his 52-year volunteer journey with Emergency Administration, his continued ardour led him to take up the place of Director in 2018.

Director James 'Jim' LeBlanc Memorial Training Center was dedicated October 22 at Leominster Emergency Management Headquarters in honor of the beloved and dedicated late leader who was so well respected in the larger community and beyond.  (courtesy Ron Giroire)
Director James ‘Jim’ LeBlanc Memorial Coaching Middle was devoted October 22 at Leominster Emergency Administration Headquarters in honor of the beloved and devoted late chief who was so effectively revered within the bigger group and past. (courtesy Ron Giroire)

LeBlanc performed an instrumental function in constructing a top-notch EM coaching heart throughout his tenure. Bethal famous that when he took over as director in March, “we have been popping out of COVID and needed to make use of the coaching heart the way in which Jim envisioned,” which would come with in-city coaching in addition to “inviting out departments and cities in addition to residents. That’s what (Jim) was considering” .

A LeBlanc memorial plaque has been positioned on a stone beside the flagpole in entrance of Carter Avenue EM headquarters, the signal subsequent to the principle entrance to the constructing has been up to date to mirror the title of the coaching heart, and a brand new signal has been erected on the Cedar Avenue aspect.

On October 21, a social media submit exhibiting the brand new banners attracted over 100 reactions and dozens of feedback. One of many males wrote “Jim was some of the devoted individuals I’ve ever met in my life, a real gentleman. This can be a nice tribute to his reminiscence” and one other mentioned, “Jim could be very proud,” a real testomony to how a lot LeBlanc admires to at the present time and the indelible mark that Depart it behind.

“Think about all these years of public service…unbelievable,” Mazzarella mentioned with a smile on his face marking the dedication. “(Jim) was human being and the person had a ardour and had a goal. What larger presents you may give to anybody than having somebody on earth right here with all these as a result of that is the recipe on the market and few individuals get that recipe.”

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