Donaldsonville hosts balloon release for fallen police officers

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles
Mayor Leroy Sullivan and members of APSO during the July 20 balloon release.

Residents, city officials and employees, local veterans and officers from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office were gathered outside of Donaldsonville City Hall on July 20 honoring the three fallen police officers who tragically lost their lives during a shooting earlier this month in Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge officers, Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola, along with APSO officers were recognized for their dutiful service by Chief Deputy Bobby Webre.

"You may wonder sometimes how these young men and women wake up and put their uniform on or put their badge on, the big reason behind that is what you do and all the prayers," Webre said. "I know this community is hurting, the law enforcement community is hurting. I know sometimes we don't alway agree and sometimes we have difference and sometimes we can't see eye-to-eye on things, but in this community and most community around the country, no body wants killing and hate, no body wants what happened over the past couple of weeks."

Members of the American Legion and VFW dropped the American Flag outside of City Hall to half-staff to the sound of the military Taps in the background, followed by the release of dozens of blue balloons.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan called upon prayer and peace for the city and the nation.

"They have a difficult task, none of us can imagine how difficult that task is to go and put our life on the line everyday," Sullivan said. "Prayer is the only thing that is going to change this situation. We have to pray for peace, but we also have to show it in our love. When we concentrate on the things we have in common, the things that we have that are different wont matter to us."