Tony Credeur, a longtime leader of the Acadiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, officially retired yesterday after more than 40 years with the organization.

"I'm retiring, but I'm still going to be a volunteer. I'm just going to be a little more selective with what I do," Credeur said.

A resident of Milton, Credeur began working with the Red Cross in 1976, including 38 years as chief executive officer for the Acadiana Area Chapter.

His Red Cross service began, though, in 1963 when he joined the Junior Red Cross as a volunteer.

Credeur is a nationally recognized emergency services and disaster relief instructor for the Red Cross and FEMA. He serves on several disaster planning committees at the local, state and national level.

A native of Rayne, Credeur is married to Carolyn and has two adult sons.

From all of us here at 97.3 The Dawg, we want to wish Tony the best of luck in "retirement".