Louisiana Officers Receive Medal of Honor

BATON ROUGE, La. - At the 18th Annual Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor ceremonies 9 officers were honored. 

In recognition of their ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, the State of Louisiana remembered the following heroes:

Officer Shannon M. Brown, Sr. from the Fenton Police Department. Killed in the line of duty on August 13, 2016. 

Sergeant David K. Elahi from the Sterlington Police Department. Killed in the line of duty on July 3, 2016.

Officer Natasha M Hunter from the New Orleans Police Department. Killed in the line of duty on June 7, 2016. 

Officer Jude W. Lewis from the New Orleans Police Department. Killed in the line of duty on November 8, 2016. 

Detective David F. Michel, Jr. from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Killed in the line of duty on June 22, 2016. 

Sergeant Derrick M. Mingo from the Winnsboro Police Department. Killed in the line of duty on June 4, 2016. 

Governor John Bel Edwards gave special recognition to the Baton Rouge law enforcement officers killed on July 17, 2017 when a gunman attacked Baton Rouge's finest. 

Deputy Bradford A. Garafola from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Officer Matthew L. Gerald and Corporal Montrell L. Jackson from the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

Emotional Eulogies were given by coworkers, and families accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of their fallen family members. 

These nine officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, join the other 94 medal of honor recipients dating back to 1997.

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) administered the annual honors for the officers' supreme sacrifice. 


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