Fraternal Order of Police hosts Gonzales Police Department’s awards

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gonzales – On Friday, April 17, members of the City of Gonzales Police Department joined together in celebration by recognizing the achievements of fellow officers and detectives.

Held at The Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Gonzales, the department celebrated their 93rd birthday and held an awards banquet. The awards consisted of three Medal of Valor Awards, three Lifesaving Commendations, two Distinguished Service Awards, one Meritorious Service Award, one Chief’s Award for Unit of the Year, one Officer of the Year Award, and one Reserve Officer of the Year Award.

Winners were:

  • Corporal David Breaux, Medal of Valor for his part in taking a weapon form a Sovereign Citizen member during a warrant call, thereby stopping a situation headed for a fatal outcome
  • Officer John McCoy, Medal of Valor for his part in disarming a suspect in a land dispute
  • Sergeant Martin Mapp, Medal of Valor for his part in rescuing a woman from being assaulted and beaten to near death
  • Sergeant Lance Bourgeois, Lifesaving Commendation for jumping into a bayou to rescue a victim from a car accident
  • Warrants Officer Gerard Breaux, Lifesaving Commendation for his assistance in retrieving the above victim from the bayou
  • Motors Officer Anthony Cantrelle, Lifesaving Commendation for his assistance in retrieving the above victim from the bayou
  • Detective Carey Cannon, Distinguished Service Award for going above and beyond the investigation of a robbery, including replacing children’s Christmas presents at his own expense
  • Range Safety Officer Derek LeBlanc, Distinguished Service Award for moving into the line of fire during a training mission to assist a fellow officer who had dropped his magazine
  • Officer Troy Berkholtz, Meritorious Service Award for his role in the foot chase and arrest of robbery suspects
  • Chief’s Award for Unit of the Year, The Honor Guard, Chief’s Own (members included Field Training Officer Walter Taylor, Field Training Officer Derek LeBlanc, Corporal Randy Clouatre Jr., Field Training Officer Brent Amy, Detective Jacob Ory, Officer Jimmie Dunaway, Field Training Officer Tyson Dennis and Field Training Officer Duane Carpenter, for their role in presenting the department in a dignified, loyal and professional light
  • Officer Stephen Ussery, Officer of the Year for his dedication and service
  • Reserve Officer Gregory Neff, Reserve Officer of the Year for his dedication and service

Many members of the department were also recognized for their years of service, and a table was set to commemorate the many men and women of law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty.