The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office held a brief 9.11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Natchitoches Parish courthouse on Sept. 11 at 9:11 am in honor of law enforcement, fire, EMS and all of the heroes killed during the attacks on September 11, 2001.

“We will Never Forget that Day of Shock, Disbelief and the Unity it Brought Among Americans”.

Participating in the services were Pastor Tommy Rush of First Baptist Church on Second Street, Pastor Steven Harris of Abundant Life-International Church, Father John O’Brien of St. Anthony Padua Catholic Church and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Honor Guard. The clergymen spoke prayers of peace. love and protection.

In attendance were: NPSO Deputies and NPDC, Mayor Lee Posey and City employees, NPD Officers, LSP Troopers, Louisiana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Adult and Juvenile Services, NPSO and City Police dispatchers, Natchitoches District Attorney staff, Tenth Judicial District Court Judges Lala Sylvester and Desiree Dyess and staff, NSU Police, Natchitoches Fire Department, Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office, Natchitoches Fire District #6, Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin and staff, Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey and staff, Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor Dollie Mahoney and staff, Natchitoches Parish Registrar of Voters Katherine Holden and staff, and members of the public.

Johnny Barnes, president of the Concerned Citizens Association for the Bailey Heights Community, along with De’Andrea “Coach D” Sanders and Linda Queen presented different law enforcement and first responder departments with certificates of appreciation for all the hard work they put into their jobs to protect the citizens of Natchitoches Parish.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office expressed its sincere appreciation to all that attended the event. Let us always remember in our prayers the families of our military, law enforcement, first responders and citizens that were killed on 9/11.