Sheriff’s Office, state police honor fallen officers (with photos)

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and state police held roll call for fallen officers Tuesday morning.

Officers killed in the line of duty in 2012 were honored, including Deputy Randy Benoit, as were officers killed in the line

of duty in years past.

Benoit, 41, was killed in a car accident in January 2012.

The ceremony was part of National

Police Week, which is “about recognizing those officers that have made

the ultimate sacrifice,”

Chris Guillory, Troop D commander, said.

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso read the

names of all the officers who have been killed in the line of duty in

Southwest Louisiana.

“Today, we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice; we honor their families, who have endured so much and bear the

greatest loss,” Mancuso said. “Their names and sacrifices will always be remembered throughout our ranks.”

The sheriff told the numerous officers in attendance at the Sheriff’s Office that the fallen began their careers with a call

to duty and sacrificed their lives for a purpose greater than themselves.

“Let’s now continue that journey to

serve with pride and honor as they would have done for us,” he said. “To

have known these

true heroes, who I have served alongside many of, it only reminds

me that when one of ours falls, we all hurt and we all suffer.”

Guillory said that about 500 officers have been killed in the line of duty in Louisiana.

Since 1814, 25 officers have been killed in the line of duty in Southwest Louisiana.

According to numbers released by the FBI this week, 92 officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this year — 47

of them as a result of criminal acts.

Mancuso admonished the officers in attendance to serve with the same compassion that Benoit did.

“He was known by many of you here today and as we remember him and honor his name and service we continue to be strong in serving his honor,” Mancuso said.

Southwest Louisiana law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty:

• John Stout, U.S. Customs Service, Jan. 20, 1814.

• William Shoemake, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Oct. 27, 1906.

• Elease Picard, Sulphur Town Marshal, Dec. 26, 1918.

• Sam E. Duhon, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, May 6, 1925.

• W.E. Collins, federal probation officer, March 6, 1925.

• Albert Bell Gosse, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, June 2, 1953.

• John H. Monk, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, March 19, 1966.

• O.D. McFillen, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, March 19, 1966.

• W.L. “Bill” Smith, DeQuincy Police Department, Aug. 30, 1966.

• Douglas B. Fournet, Lake Charles Police Department, May 4, 1968.

• David P. Hamton, Lake Charles Police Department, Dec. 2, 1982.

• James B. Cook Jr., Westlake Police Department, Aug. 13, 1990.

• Conway Lebleu, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Feb. 28, 1993.

• Stephen H. Gray, State Police Troop D, May 29, 1995.

• Jerome H. Seaberry, Lake Charles Police Department, Dec. 25, 1995.

• Billy Wayne McIntosh, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Oct. 1, 1997.

• Terry Cox, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dec. 30, 1999.

• James Michael Phillips, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, May 30, 1999.

• Burt LeBlanc, Jennings Police Department, Feb. 25, 2000.

• John A. Mayfield, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dec. 30, 2000.

• Herman W. Brooks, DeRidder Police Department, Feb. 17, 2006.

• Alan Inzer, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jan. 25, 2007.

• Robbie Beane, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, May 5, 2009.

• Duane Dalton, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Jan. 12, 2010.

• Randall Lee Benoit, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jan. 18, 2012.