LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – An awards ceremony Wednesday night honored 45 officers and first responders for their services to Acadiana.
One officer honored tonight was Captain Larry Landry with the Breaux Bridge Police Department. Landry said he has been in law enforcement for 37 years: more than 30 years at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and more than four years at the Breaux Bridge Police Department.
“I became a police officer because I needed a night job so I could attend college in the daytime. I enjoyed it and stayed,” Landry said.
Landry also spent time teaching at the police academy. One of his students Sergeant Regina Hargrave, with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office, also received an award Wednesday night.
“Major Larry was just wonderful. For our gradation a lot of us cried because we came a family because we were so close,” Hargrave said.
“My pride is when I see the officers that I’ve worked with and I’ve trained do better than me,” Landry said.
Additionally seven Lafayette police officers received awards, including Corporal Chris Cormier and Jobb Mestayer. Both have served in several different areas including patrol, traffic, and mounted patrol divisions