Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association creates award for deputies injured in the line of duty

The newly created award aims to honor the sacrifices made by all deputies around the Ark-La-Tex.
The newly created award aims to honor the sacrifices made by all deputies around the Ark-La-Tex.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 1:46 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 8:04 PM CST
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CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Throughout the ArkLaTex and the rest of the country, sheriff’s deputies gear up for a dangerous job to protect the well-being of the communities they made an oath to protect.

That’s why the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is creating an award to honor the sacrifices of deputies that often go unrecognized and underreported.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington are among nine Louisiana sheriffs selected to review the nominations of deputies who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

“Every time we put on the uniform, we go out to serve and protect the citizens,” Parker said. “We have an opportunity to get seriously injured in what we do - doing what we love.”

The award was created in honor of the late Bob Buckley, who was a Union Parish sheriff and former president of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association.

“His motto was to do more for the sheriffs in the state and the deputies,” Parker said.

Anyone interested in nominating a deputy should contact their local sheriff’s office, he added.

The committee will review nominees in March 2022 then announce recipients during the summer.

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