ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - It has been two months since a Shreveport Police officer from St. Amant was killed while on duty.
Thomas LaValley died August 5 after he was shot while checking a call about a suspicious person around a home in a North Louisiana community. His mother spoke with 9News Friday at a lunch given by her company to honor her son.
"I miss him terribly," said Jackie LaValley. "It's hour by hour, minute by minute. Some days I get up and it's okay. I look at his pictures, talk to him. Some days there's no getting up."
Officer LaValley, 29, had traded in a career as a sports reporter and joined the Shreveport Police Department four years ago. While there are many happy memories to remember, his mother will not soon forget learning her son had been killed.
"It was 11:30 at night. I heard knocking on my door and saw two state policemen. I opened the door and said which of my babies is hurt."
She said she was flown immediately that night to Shreveport. A few days later, she accompanied her son's body back to their home in Ascension Parish.
She said on the way there, seeing people lined up along the roads holding flags and police officers and other first responders saluting as they drove by is something she found so touching.
LaValley's mother wears her sons high school ring on a chain around her neck, along with a cross that someone made and d ropped off at the police station in Shreveport. Small tokens to keep her son with her.
Other parents who've lost a son or daughter in uniform have also reached out to her. She joins them in their prayers for protection over everyone in uniform.
"To all police officers, firemen, EMT's please be careful."