Our Fallen Heroes: People come together to honor law enforcement officials who died in the line of duty
POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 12:15pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — People came together Friday to honor our police who have died in the line of duty. It was definitely an emotional one for law enforcement and their families.
Kaylan Melancon said she's proud to honor the memory of her brother Terry.
"He was the kind of person that would give his life for anybody, and he ultimately did give his life for essentially everybody," Melancon said. "He was serving a warrant, and a guy opened fire whenever they walked in the door. My brother was the first one in, and so he was shot in the head, along with two other police officers. Everything just stopped, you know, the world stopped."
Terry was a Baton Rouge Police officer.
"He was the kind of person that was a police officer when he was a kid. He was always a police officer. So, I knew he was going to be a police officer," Melancon said.
Melancon said it was hard losing her brother so soon. Nine years later, she still misses him, and she feels honored to remember him along with other officers who've been killed on duty. Even Baton Rouge's Police Chief is impacted. His father was killed while working for BRPD nearly 30 years ago.
"It's an honor for me to stand up here as a chief in honor of my father who did pay that ultimate sacrifice," Dabadie said.
"You just have to know that they died doing what they loved, and that's the only thing that keeps me at peace, and the fact that people remember, and the fact that people don't forget. That's all we ask for is that people don't forget what he did," Melancon said.
Dabadie said no matter what agency these fallen heroes were part of. It's important we honor and remember them.
"I think it's that risk and that passion that drives us to do this job. To be able to stand up here and honor those officers is you know priceless," Melancon said.
The ceremony in Baton Rouge honored dozens law enforcement officers who've been killed while on the job. This week is National Police Week.