The St. Theresa of Avila Knights of Columbus Council 2657 recognized four outstanding law enforcement officers at its 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Banquet Sept. 25.


The St. Theresa of Avila Knights of Columbus Council 2657 recognized four outstanding law enforcement officers at its 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Banquet Sept. 25.

Sam Pasqua was named outstanding officer from the City of Gonzales Police Department.
Owen Ockman was named Sorrento’s outstanding officer.

Deputy Shane Cannon was named outstanding officer from the Sheriff’s Office.
Adam Gaubert was chosen outstanding State Trooper working in Ascension Parish.

Present at the ceremony were Parish President Tommy Martinez, the mayors of Gonzales and Sorrento, Gonzales Chief of Police Bill Landry, Sorrento Chief of Police Earl Theriot, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, and Trooper Frank Ducote from Troop A State Police.

Guest speaker and State Fire Marshall Butch Browning said very few are singled out as heroes in law enforcement and public safety.

“It’s a tough job,” he said. “It has to be in your heart to serve.”

Pasqua, a 30-year veteran with the Gonzales Department, was described by Landry as “always the first man out and the last man back in,” when responding to a call.

“His dedication to his profession is immeasurable,” Landry said.

Pasqua was named a police captain in 2000. He is supervisor of the uniform patrol division and an instructor of numerous department training courses.

Theriot said Ockman put in countless hours, including much volunteer time, during the year learning techniques to combat Internet predators. He cited one case where Ockman responded to a call on Interstate 10 that led to a cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine bust.

Wiley praised Cannon as a three-year volunteer with the sheriff’s office mounted patrol who became a full-time motorcycle patrol officer in 2003.

Cannon also supervises two officers on the water patrol on parish rivers, Wiley said, and the officer is an electrician who wired key governmental generators in Donaldsonville and Gonzales during Hurricane Gustav.

Gaudet joined the state police in 2002, Ducote said. During his time on the force in Ascension Parish, Gaudet has been involved in several felony arrests, including one which led to drug related arrests in three states, and he also cleared an unsolved homicide.

Each officer was presented a plaque honoring his selection as officer of the year.