East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says the Baton Rouge police ambush a year ago today was a turning point for our community. Gautreaux says he was in Lake Charles when he received a phone call telling him his officers were shot. He says he raced back to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where he learned three officers had lost their lives.
“I was at the hospital when the surgeons came out and told Nick Tullier’s mother and dad that he probably wouldn’t make it through the night. He is just a miracle in progress as you know it’s been a year today.”
Gautreaux says he remains in touch with the family of the fallen officers, Deputy Brad Garafola and the Baton Rouge city officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, as well as the injured officers including Sgt. Bruce Simmons who is expected to make a full recovery. He says this tragedy has put the officers on high alert.
“This certainly heightened our awareness of our surroundings. I think our deputies are far more vigilant today than they were but you know no one expects anything like this.”
Gautreaux says they will never forget these brave men and will continue to view them as heroes not only in their death but in how they lived. He says the men and women in the Sheriff’s Office have come together to stay strong.
“There’s been a tremendous outreach from the community but from the department as well. We have in house councilors because as a family we hurt and it’s been a slow healing process for all of us.”
to view the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office tribute video to the fallen officers.