Ascension Parish deputy opens up about law enforcement deaths

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GONZALES, La (BRPROUD) — The death of Master Trooper Adam Guabert brings back memories for Deputy Michael Scott. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office lost a deputy in the line of duty at the start of the pandemic.

“We lost Deputy Kyle Melancon to COVID-19. It brings back the pain. Even though these are two completely different circumstances, it doesn’t make it easier,” said Scott.

He knows what Louisiana State Police are going through. He’s also the Executive Director of the Southern Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides chaplains and mental health professionals to agencies during sensitive times.

Scott said, “We don’t care if you have a shield on your chest, a star or a boot, we are brothers in blue. Brothers and sisters in blue. We are here to support each other.”

Scott was on the scene the night Trooper Gaubert died, giving peer-support to fellow law enforcement officers.

“It hurts. It hurts all of us. Many of us knew him, and many of us worked with him,” said Scott.

Scott said the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement and the community are two important things right now.

“Walking the streets, the residents were just phenomenal. They would come out and tell us how sorry they are for his death and how much they support us,” said Scott.

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