NATCHITOCHES – Personnel with the city of Natchitoches Fire Department and friends of the late James. C. White created a scholarship for a firefighter, first responder or immediate family member of a firefighter or first responder attending Northwestern State University. The one-year scholarship is open to any major from Natchitoches Parish.
The award honors an individual whose family and work with the Natchitoches Fire Department and as an Emergency Medical Technician were most important to him, friends said.
“James was first and foremost a family man,” said Jon McCart, a fellow firefighter and close friend of White’s. “He was very devoted to his wife of ten years, Liz. Together, they had two children, Zachary and Jordan. His boys were his world. He taught them about God, fishing, and baseball, in that order, and took great pleasure in spending time with them while pursuing those interests. Family meant everything to him.”
White grew up in Cloutierville and graduated from St. Mary’s in 1991. He attended Southern Arkansas and Nicholls State University. He began working for the Natchitoches Fire Department in 1996 and was promoted to captain in 2005. He was also an EMT for the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Ambulance Service.
“The work he did at both the Fire Department and the Ambulance Service meant a great deal to him,” McCart said. “He had a work ethic that is rare in today’s world. He loved working alongside each and every one of what he considered to be his brothers and sisters while helping the community.”
White was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on June 17, 2006, and had to take a leave of absence from both jobs.
“Not one single day went by that someone did not drop by, phone or meet a need for James and his family during that time, demonstrating the bond that he had with his co-workers whom he considered his second family,” McCart said.
White passed away June 20, 2007.
“To our family the scholarship means giving something back to firefighters and first responders who work tirelessly to make sure our community is cared for,” Liz White Miler said. “The ideal recipient would be a fire fighter or first responder who goes above and beyond caring for others in the community.”
Friends are invited to support to the scholarship by sending contributions to NSU Foundation, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497 with memo indicating James. C. White Scholarship. Information is also available at northwesternalumni.com.