La. State Police remembers troopers killed in line of duty with memorial ceremony

La. State Police remembers troopers killed in line of duty with memorial ceremony

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police held a memorial Tuesday evening to remember two men who gave their lives to protect people in the state.

The names of Steven Vincent and Frank Brown, Jr. were both added to a memorial listing the names of State Troopers who have been killed in the line of duty.

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Col. Mike Edmonson talked to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We do this for y'all, but I want you to know, we also do this for us," Edmonson said. "We come out here once a year and we read these names. I can promise you I'm here at least once a week, walking through here in the evening and reading those names and thinking about every single one of them."

Senior Trooper Steven J. Vincent was shot and killed on August 24, 2015 while trying to help a motorist whose vehicle was in a ditch in Lake Charles.

"With the tragic loss of Senior Trooper Vincent fresh on our minds and hearts, this year's ceremony will be especially meaningful as we gather to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Louisiana," Edmonson said. "As we honor their memory and service to our state, we must also recognize their loved ones who have had to endure tremendous loss. The sacrifice of these brave Troopers will never be forgotten."

SLIDESHOW: Remembering LSP Trooper Steven Vincent

Louisiana Highway Commission Patrolman Frank Brown, Jr.'s name will also be added after it was recently discovered he killed in the line of duty in 1934.

Brown died on October 31, 1934 when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass a car in a curve.

Since 1925, there have been 29 Louisiana State Troopers killed while serving the state. In 2015, there were 128 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty across the country, including 39 by gunfire.

The memorial event, which was open to the public, was held at Louisiana State Police Headquarters on Independence Blvd.

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