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Post Date:May 04, 2017 11:51 a.m.

Below is the text of a speech given by St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran at the 35th Peace Officers Memorial Service held at the St. Charles Sheriff's Office at 260 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling on May 2.

"It is an honor to be here today to celebrate the rededication of this memorial and more importantly, to recognize our state’s fallen heroes. Today we honor the lives of Louisiana peace officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their communities.

Today we honor nine officers. This is a stark reminder of the danger that our brothers and sisters in law enforcement face each and every day. Most of us take it for granted that we will probably make it home to see our families after a day’s work. The 9 individuals we are celebrating did not have that opportunity.

As a volunteer fireman and former Fire Chief, I have worked alongside many of these men and women. I could stand up here and talk about bravery, courage, brotherhood, hardship and sacrifice… but you already know all about what it means to serve your community and no arrangement of words can explain exactly how it feels to kiss your loved ones goodbye… or to lose a friend in the line of duty.

Our peace officers continue to support and protect our quality of life but unfortunately law enforcement agencies around the country face many obstacles and challenges. Just as you support our community, I pledge to continue to support our Sheriff’s Office and State Police, by working together for a better St. Charles Parish.

With that being said, thank you all for being here today, thank you for your sacrifices and may God bless these men and women and their families."

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