As fallen heroes were honored across the country for National Police Week, local law enforcement held their annual ceremony.
The event included something special for Corporal Michael Middlebrook who killed in the line of duty on October 1st, 2017.
The ceremony began with a motorcade of law enforcement from around Acadiana— traveling from the Lafayette Police Department to Saint Barnabas Church.
Barbara Savoie explained why she attends the service each year. “These men and women give their lives, put their lives on the line each and every day of the year and I feel it’s the least that I can do to show my respect and pay homage to them.”
As officers and community members filled the church, a representative from each agency who suffered the loss of a brother in blue lit a candle in their memory.
“It’s about celebrating their life and honoring their sacrifice that they made for our community,” explained Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard.
Memories were shared of each fallen officer dating back to the 1900’s, the most recent loss, Cpl. Middlebrook, his family is thankful for support during this difficult time.
Adrienne Middlebrook, the widow of Cpl. Middlebrook said, “The Lafayette Police Department, the city, my church home, and everybody for the continued support.”
Cpl. Middlebrook may be gone, but he nor any of the fallen are forgotten.
The Middlebrook family says keeping away from negativity gets them through each day, along with their faith.
“We just pray and stay positive, and try to hang with positive people,” Adrienne Middlebrook said.