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Lafayette Police Department hosts ceremony to honor fallen officers in Acadiana

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) -

The Lafayette Police Department will host a Police Memorial Day Ceremony at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 400 Camellia Boulevard. 

The Lafayette Police Memorial displayed at the Lafayette Police station. One of the latest officers recognized here is Corporal Michael Middlebrook.an officer this community continues to honor.

“442 was the call-sign for Corporal Michael Middlebrook, and so, we have since retired that call sign and many of the officers have purchased this licensed plate to place on their unit,” said Sergeant Kyle Soriez from the Lafayette Police Department.

Corporal Michael Middlebrook who was slain in the line of duty October 2017 was recognized in this year's National Peace Officer's Memorial Day. Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard was there.

"It’s a wonderful experience. Of course, very bitter sweet. But, it's an honor to be here to recognize Michael’s sacrifice” said Aguillard.

The Lafayette Police Department is hosting its own Police Memorial Day ceremony for Acadiana. Sergeant Kyle Soriez said they were reminded how much tragedy can hit a department.

 "Puts out the reality of just what we face. We don't know if we're going to come home when we leave for duty,” said Soriez.

He said it's the on-going support from the community that enhances their passion to protect and serve.

"We saw an outreach since the tragedy last October. The community really, really, showed its support and we haven’t seen that let up by any means,” Soriez added.

The Police memorial will soon feature a free-standing granted wall that will bear the names of all Lafayette fallen officers.

The ceremony will gather relatives of slain officers, as well as, law enforcement from surrounding areas.

A police motorcade will depart from the Lafayette Police Department at 5:30 pm and travel to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. 

The ceremony is scheduled for  Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 6:00 pm.


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