WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Since the tragic shooting of six law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, the support from the public has been overwhelming.
The same is true in West Baton Rouge, where officers were treated to lunch by their friends at the public school system. The tables were set to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving others.
The West Baton Rouge School System rounded up a group of generous volunteers to cook lunch for law enforcement officers from across the parish. Superintendent Wes Watts said they wanted to how appreciation to the public servants who care for their students during the school year too.
"They work with our kids. They build relationships with our kids. They are in our schools. Building that rapport and we could not ask any more of them, and we want them to know that," Watts said.
The officers were treated to jambalaya with all the trimmings, dessert, and a to-go bag of baked goods. It also gave them a chance to relax and have lunch together, which does not happen that often while they are on duty.
"We really appreciate it. The community has really been behind us one hundred percent," Lafeaux said.
Brusly Police Chief Jonathan Lafeaux said, in recent weeks, he and his force have been greeted with hugs, handshakes and prayers. But, he said, it is not why they do what they do. However, it does feel nice to see this kind of support.
"We all love what we do but the little extra thanks. We don't do this job to get thanks. We really enjoy doing it. We love to see the children smile if we help them or someone in a bad way. Just a little something extra like that it really, really makes you think," Lafeaux said.