GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Gonzales's first female peace officer was honored by the Gonzales Police Department on Monday.
Mary Tallion Bourque was presented with a certificate honoring her years of service that began in 1967. Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson spoke highly of Bourque when he said that Mary was "an example to women that roles can be reversed and successes can be achieved."
Jackson said that Bourque was a "trail blazer whose exemplary commitment to the city and to women's rights remains a shining beacon."
Bourque served as a school crossing guard for St. Theresa and East Ascension High School. The award she was given noted that she was responsible for the safety of numerous city children and that her performance on the job "exceeded expectations and requirements of an officer of her grade."
A framed certificate was given to Bourque, with a second certificate being put on display at the City of Gonzales Police Department.