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The Louisiana Law Enforcement

 Medal of Honor Program

Legislation was enacted in 1997 establishing the Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Program to honor Louisiana law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement is proud to have been selected to administer this program. The LCLE annually honors the officers' supreme sacrifice on the part of a grateful state, and in the hope that their memories will live on forever in our hearts.

Since its inception, eighty-two (82) Louisiana law enforcement officers have been awarded the Medal of Honor after losing their lives in the line of duty. The 2007 ceremony held in New Orleans, Louisiana honored ten additional Louisiana law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2005 and 2006. It should be noted that the 2005 ceremony was cancelled due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita hitting the state in August and September 2005 respectively.

The LCLE monitors the law enforcement community throughout the calendar year, and coordinates the nomination of officers killed in the line of duty. Each officer's family is invited to attend the ceremony at the expense of the LCLE, and is presented the Medal of Honor,  commemorative plaques, a state flag, a framed photo of the deceased officer, and a personalized candle that is used during the ceremony. The mandate given the LCLE for the administration of the Medal of Honor program is unfunded, and the LCLE must solicit contributions from corporations and individuals in order for the program to be a success. 

1998 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Trooper Hung N. Le, Louisiana State Police
  Sergeant George "Doug" Johnston, Louisiana State Police
  Deputy Sheriff Billy Wayne McIntosh, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
   
1999 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Johnnie Mae Clanton, New Orleans Police Department
  Deputy Allen L. Heitzler, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office
  Officer Ronald Medeiros, Killian Police Department
  Deputy James M. Phillips, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Troy A. Ratcliff, Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Milton Sean Theriot, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Ernest "Buddy" Willis, Allen Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2000 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Deputy James Ronald "Ron" Courville, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Terry Lynn Cox, Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office
  Captain John Garlington, LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries
  Captain Herman Harris, Louisiana Department of Corrections
  Chief Michael Kahl, Sr., Gramercy Police Department
  Captain David Charles Knapps, Louisiana Department of Corrections
  Officer Burton J. LeBlanc, Jennings Police Department
  Sergeant Nolan M. Williamson, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2001 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Chad Lee Elkins, New Iberia Police Department
  Deputy John Albert Mayfield, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2002 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Assistant Chief Hector M. "Chino" Gomez, Marion Police Department
  Officer Christopher Russell, New Orleans Police Department
  Officer Edmond "Skipper" Songy, Jr., St. John Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2003 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Jeremy Carruth, Alexandria Police Department
  Detective Chaney Champagne, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Marshall Glen Devanie, Alexandria City Marshall's Office
  Officer David Ezernack, Alexandria Police Department
  Sergeant Kurt "Woody" Harrelson, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
  Detective Randy Smith, Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office
  Officer Randall Spearman, Folsom Police Department
   
2004 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer LaToya Nicole Johnson, New Orleans Police Department
  Officer Alva R. Simmons, New Orleans Police Department
  Officer George A. Tessier, III, New Orleans Police Department
  Lieutenant Vickie Wax, Baton Rouge Police Department
  Lieutenant Sidney Zaffuto, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office
   
2006 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Deputy Jeffery D. Bickham, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
  Maurice Glen Brignac, Evangeline Sheriff’s Office
  Lieutenant Herman W. Brooks, DeRidder Police Department
  Captain Octavio Gonzalez, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office
  Sergeant Rogelio "Roy" Gonzalez, Jr., Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office
  Officer Trey Michael Hutchison, Bossier City Police
  Chief Bill J. "Putt" Linder, Wisner Police Department
  Senior Agent Jim Matkin, LDWF
  Officer Terry Melancon, Jr., Baton Rouge Police Department
  Sergeant Jeremy Newchurch, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office
   
2007 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Brian Keith Coleman, Alexandria Police Department
  Officer Christopher John Doyle, III, New Orleans Police Department
  Sergeant Ronald Alan Inzer, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
  DFC Hilery Alexander Mayo, Jr., St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
  Corporal Christopher Michael Metternich, Baton Rouge Police Department
  Deputy Johsua Everret Norris, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
  Sergeant Linden Albert "Beau" Raimer, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
  Chief David Gerald Richard, Port Barre Police Department
  Sergeant John R. Smith, Bastrop Police Department
  Sergeant Charles D. "Chuck" Wilson, Jr., Bastrop Police Department
   
2008 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Sergeant Thelonious A. Dukes, Sr., New Orleans Police Department
  Officer Nicola D. Cotton, New Orleans Police Department
  Captain Keith P. Chiasson, Thibodaux Police Department
   
2009-2010 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Corporal Mark A. Beck, Baton Rouge Police Department
  Deputy Sheriff Martha W. Shareef, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Sheriff Jeremy K. Carter, Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Sheriff Richard J. Stiles, Jr., East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office
  Detective Robert E. Beane, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2011 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Alfred Celestain, New Orleans Police Department
  Trooper Duane Dalton, Louisiana State Police
  Sergeant Thomas Alexander, Rayville Police Department
  Sergeant Timothy C. Prunty, Shreveport Police Department
  Major Timothy J. Bergeron, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office
  Corporal J.R. Searcy, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2012 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Officer Russell A. George, Ball Police Department
  Corporal John Ray Kendall, Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police
  Sergeant Paul B. Stuckey, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
   
2013 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Deputy Randall L. Benoit, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Brandon Nielsen, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Jeremy Triche, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Ricky Issac Jr., Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office
   
2014 Medal of Honor Recipients
  Sergeant Frederick Albert "Rick" Riggenbach, Chitimacha Tribal Police Department
  Deputy Steven George Netherland, Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office
  Officer II Rodney Renee Thomas, New Orleans Police Department
  Deputy Jeff Garrett Watson, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office
  Deputy Dustin Blake Hamilton,  East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
   

 

 

  For more information, contact
    Tyler Downing 225.342.1893  Email:
Tyler.Downing@lcle.la.gov

Downloads
  • Medal of Honor Nomination Form
  • Medal of Honor Nomination Form
    updated September 18, 2014