NSU’s Friedman Student Union ballroom was packed this Saturday, January 12th as the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department honor guard hosted the 6th annual Law Enforcement Ball. The popular event featured a light dinner, drinks and dancing to a variety of tunes from a local deejay. Law Enforcement members, their families and supporters from throughout the parish were joined by a representative from the Ball, LA Police Department.
The ball was started after the tragic death of NPSO Deputy Ricky Issac. His name was placed in the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. with a contingent from the NPSO traveling down to witness the event. The annual ball is a way to raise funds for the uniforms, travel and equipment for the NPSO Honor Guard. The 13 members of the honor guard participate in many local events, but their most important function is to attend funerals, especially those of members of law enforcement. It is a tangible way to let the family know that their loved one is not forgotten.
The honor guard travels each year to the National Law Enforcement Week in Washington, D.C. The week features memorials to Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty. The honor guard members volunteer to accompany family members of the slain officers and provide assistance to them during their stay in Washington.
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