BROUSSARD, La. (KLFY) – Acadiana is remembering the life and legacy of fallen Lafayette Police Corporal Michael Middlebrook, who was shot and killed in the line of duty one year ago.
A solemn memorial service took place Monday afternoon to honor Middlebrook’s service to the department, and a plaque was also unveiled in his honor.
With Christian music playing…
“Moments like this you do ask why?” said Jacob Aranza, Pastor at Our Savior’s Church.
And speeches made by many…
“He leaves behind a grateful community, and a legacy of community policing,” said Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard.
Family, friends and fellow officers from across Acadiana honored their fallen brother in blue, on the one year anniversary of his death.
“He’s (Middlebrook) making everyone reflect and remember the things that he was doing, during the time that he was with us, so it encourages us and it just makes us want to be better,” said Cpl. Bridgette Dugas with the Lafayette Police Department.
Chief Aguillard compared Michael to a lion, and someone who always went above and beyond the call of duty to serve his community. And Chief has seen his other officers in his department, follow in his footsteps.
“Why did you help this family who’s in need? What made you go into your pocket and pay for that hotel room? And I want the family to know, that all of them said, I did it for a Michael,” said Aguillard.
Outside of the church that Middlebrook and his family regularly attended, a memorial will make sure his memory lasts forever with a plaque.
The pathway is decorated with the ‘Thin Blue Line,’ and sitting next to plaque is Middlebrook’s call sign, ‘442.’
“Legacy is what’s said about you long after your gone. Legacy is what you’re most remembered by. It’s the aroma of what people think of, when they think of you,” said Aranza.
Aguillard says that Middlebrook will be an example for future police officers within the department, forever.
On Tuesday, LCG will recognize the 1 year anniversary of Middlebrook’s death and other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, by unveiling a new “wall of honor” for the city’s fallen heroes.