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RAPIDES PARISH, La. - The state will honor two law officers tomorrow who died in the line of duty. They will receive the Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor posthumously. Both had ties here in Cenla, and we talked with those who knew the men about why they deserve this recognition.

Last June, Assistant Chief of Police Carl Bordelon woke up to the call that his fellow officer and childhood friend Russell George had died in a car accident while on duty.

Asst. Chief Carl Bordelon: "It was like a shock to me. Disbelief. I didn't want to believe it."

Melissa McCalister got similar news last September, when her brother-in-law Sergeant Paul Stuckey suffered a shotgun wound on assignment with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Melissa McCalister, Sgt. Stuckey's sister-in-law: "In all honesty, if he could have chosen a way to go out, I think he would have gone out doing what he loved. And he did."

Thursday, both of these fallen officers will be honored by the state, each receiving a Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

Officer George had only been with the Ball Police Department for a week at the time of his death, but he had been in law enforcement for decades before.

Asst. Chief Bordelon: "Russell deserves it. Russell put his time in. Being honored does not mean you have to be the hero, as far as giving up your life as a hero; being honored is the time you put in."

Sgt. Stuckey was working in Baton Rouge when he died, but he began his career in Rapides Parish.

McCalister: "He was very professional. He was kind. He was helpful. Paul was always the type of person where if someone was on the side of the road, he would stop and try to help. If somebody called and needed something, he would get up and go."

Those who knew the fallen officers say they won't soon be forgotten, and this medal of honor is the right step in remembering their contributions to the people of Louisiana.

The ceremony will be held tomorrow morning in Baton Rouge. Tomorrow's honorees will make a total of 72 recipients of the medal since it was first awarded in 1997.

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