CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) – Across ArkLaTex and the rest of the country, sheriff’s deputies are preparing for dangerous work to protect the well-being of the communities they are sworn to protect.
That’s why the Louisiana Sheriffs Association is creating an award to honor deputies’ sacrifices 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 nominations for deputies 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 the ability to hurt ourselves badly in what we do – doing what we love.”
The award was established in honor of the late Bob Buckley, who was sheriff of Union Parish and past president of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.
“His motto was to do more for state sheriffs and deputies,” Parker said.
Anyone interested in appointing a deputy should contact the local sheriff’s office, he added.
The committee will review nominees in March 2022 and then announce the winners over the summer.
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