State, local law enforcement agencies honor fallen officers & deputies during emotional ceremony
BENTON, La. (KSLA) - Members of several law enforcement agencies prayed, cried and honored fallen officers and deputies in northwest Louisiana on Wednesday.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2021 Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 13 to pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty since 1894.
“This ceremony serves as a reminder to all of us in law enforcement about the value of family, both blood and blue,” Bossier sheriff’s Deputy Rod White said. “We give honor to those heroes who have fallen; and we thank them once again for their contributions to our communities.”
“Those who have protected us and paid the ultimate sacrifice, we should never forget,” said Leilani Kirby, a family member of fallen officer Thomas Glen Tompkins.
In attendance were representatives of the Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Webster parish sheriff’s offices, Bossier City and Shreveport police departments, Louisiana State Police Troop G, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and the Bossier City and Shreveport city marshal’s offices.
“I knew there would be some tough times; I knew there would be some struggles that I would have to overcome,” Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said. “But I never thought for a million years, losing one of my deputies in the line of duty would be one of those tough times. Sheriff’s worst nightmare.”
There have been 537 line-of-duty deaths throughout the state, “45 of which right here in northwest Louisiana,” White said.
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