The three law enforcement officers killed in Sunday’s ambush attack in Baton Rouge are being remembered today as heroes. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie says Office Matthew Gerald was a devoted husband and father of two and joined the Baton Rouge Police Department in March. Dabadie says Gerald also served in the Marine Corp, the Army, and served three tours in Iraq.
“His sense of service drew him to law enforcement when he got out of the military. He spent his whole life serving this country and this city. He is a hero for everything that he’s done.”
32-year-old Corporal Montrell Jackson also lost his life and was a ten year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Chief Dabadie says Jackson had been with his wife for 10 years and they have a four month old son. He says Jackson’s devotion was to the city of Baton Rouge and the police department.
“Montrell stood tall every day. He never wavered, he never quit, his heart was in service to the community.”
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola was also killed by Gavin Long after trying to save a BRPD officer. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says Garafola leaves behind a wife and four children. He says all the officers ran toward the threat, not away from it.
“Deputy Garafola died attempting to get a fallen Baton Rouge officer to render aid. Deputy Garafola died as a hero, protecting and serving.”
Fellow East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier was critically wounded and is in the hospital on life support from injuries to his head and stomach.