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Senators Cassidy and Kennedy honor life of fallen deputy Shawn Anderson

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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday to recognize the life of fall EBRSO deputy, Sgt. Shawn Anderson. Senator John Kennedy also spoke on the floor to honor Deputy Anderson.

Anderson was recently shot and killed during an investigation on March 18 at Classic Cuts, a barbershop off of O'Neal Lane. The suspect, Brandon Wiley, 30, was critically wounded and died on Tuesday, March 21, according to Louisiana State Police.

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Cassidy also recognized ten other Louisiana officers who sacrificed their lives while in the line of duty. Cassidy's full speech can be read below:

This weekend the city of Baton Rouge was reminded how precious life is, and the harsh reality that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day.

I want to honor the life of Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Anderson and recognize him for his 18 years of faithful service to East Baton Rouge Parish and the State of Louisiana, as well as his service to our nation as a member of United States Army.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 Deputy Anderson made the ultimate sacrifice while he and a fellow officer were conducting a rape investigation in Baton Rouge.

Deputy Anderson embodied public service, taking action to help those in need.

During his entire career, Deputy Anderson repeatedly put his life on the line to protect the lives of others. He spent 12 years as a member of the SWAT team and was recognized in 2014 for serving more than 60 high-risk warrants the previous year with no injuries or shots fired.

Last year, Deputy Anderson stepped above his job description and helped deliver a child. With a baby on the way and a hospital out of reach, a Prairieville couple turned to Deputy Anderson for help. In the middle of the road, Anderson took action and successfully delivered the healthy child before turning the situation over to the arriving EMTs. A Louisiana family asked for his help and Anderson answered the call.

Since January, 2016 Louisiana has lost eleven officers and one K9 in the line of duty.

It is with both pride and sadness that I present the names of these true heroes to honor their memory and sacrifices.

Thousands of men and women in law enforcement put on the uniform, step out into the community, and risk their lives every day to keep us safe.  Far too often the price of this safety falls on these officers and their families.

Deputy Anderson represents the best of law enforcement. He and his family deserve our admiration and support. His sacrifice will be remembered. The prayers of a grateful state and nation are with his wife Rebecca, his daughter Delaney, and his son Breland. 

“Please join me in saying a prayer for these law enforcement officers and their families. They were sons and they were fathers who will miss out on birthdays, holidays, and graduations. They were men who sacrificed their lives so we can sleep a little bit better. Let us also pray for an end to the violence. We’ve had enough flashing blue lights lighting up the dark nights in Louisiana," said Kennedy.

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