Three Louisiana officers killed in the line of duty, honored

Three Louisiana officers killed in the line of duty, honored

Badges covered with black bands are becoming a common sight on police officer uniforms as they mourn the loss of a brother or sister in blue.

"Never before in my 38 years of law enforcement have I witnesses such violent, angry, aggressive behavior towards law enforcement," said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

Thursday, several members of the law enforcement community talked about what is happening around the country as they honored three Louisiana officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2014.

"Be cautious, think about safety. Not only for our citizens but also yourself," were the words of Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie. He says that has become part of what he tells the men and women on the city's police force every day.

In 1997, the Louisiana legislature enacted the Medal of Honor Program. It honors those officers who are killed while working a beat. Since it began, 81 Louisiana officers have been honored.

Recently though, in reports from around the country police officers say they have become the targets. They took an oath to serve and protect, but there is no one to protect them.

"Events of the last few months and weeks show the courage and bravery and resiliency of our law enforcement officers," said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Not all officers are killed by gunfire.

In December 2014, a six-year veteran with the Denham Springs Police Department died from injuries he received when his motorcycle was hit by a car. Officer James Foster was responding to an accident on Interstate 12, near O'Neal Lane when he was hit and thrown from his bike.

"Thought I was past some of this emotion," said Chief Scott Jones as he teared up as he gave Foster's eulogy. "He was an incredible guy. What we miss is the man, not what he did."

Foster is the only officer to be killed in the 100 year history of the department.

Those with the law enforcement commission say they pray for each person who puts themselves in danger because at any time, it could be their last day.

"We ask God's protection over all men and women who serve in law enforcement throughout the country."

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