Former Dville fire chief passes away

Wade McIntyre
Kirk Landry

Landry’s friend and successor as Donaldsonville Fire Chief Chuck Montero said last Monday afternoon that friends and town officials were working on the former chief’s obituary at the Chamber of Commerce office on Railroad Avenue.

The former fire chief was a talented singer and guitarist in the bands “The Night Flyers,” “Kirk and the Jerk” and the “Dick Nixons.” His band performed with the “Red Hot Chili Peppers,” “Cowboy Mouth,” “Mojo Nixon” and others.

Landry was a part-time host for KKAY-AM 1590 radio in Donaldsonville. He will no doubt be long remembered as a founding member of the notorious Morons of the Shemp Festival that reaped national attention with the largest pie fight in the southern Unites States.

St. Amant Fire Volunteer Fire Department Chief James LeBlanc remembered Landry in an e-mail Sunday morning as a man who contributed greatly to the fire service in Ascension Parish and the State of Louisiana.

“Kirk was a man that embraced everything he did or was part of with a passion known only to a few,” LeBlanc said. “He took great pride in his family, his friends, and his community.”