St. Charles Parish has a full-time staffed Department of Emergency Preparedness (formerly the Civil Defense Office established in 1977). The late John M. “Ikey” Lucas served as director of both. He remained in the post until 1996.


(Courtesy of the St. Charles Herald)

Ikey Lucas, right, shakes hands with celebrity chef Justin Wilson, left, in 1988.



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