“At a time when many within the state were overcome by the magnitude of the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Colonel Kirkpatrick provided exemplary leadership and direction during the response and recovery efforts to our country’s largest natural disaster. His efforts came at great personal sacrifice as he underwent chemo-therapy while working extremely long hours under difficult conditions for many months to ensure an effective response and to set the stage for a strong recovery,” said GOHSEP Chief of Staff Mark Riley.
Kirkpatrick, who spent eleven years with the state, was instrumental in obtaining more than $8 billion in recovery funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Prior to working at GOHSEP, he was in charge of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.
Kirkpatrick was 65-years-old. Family members request donations to be made to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge for which he was a member of its board.