Four first-responders and two forensic examiners received recognition recently during the Law and Order Night program of Slidell Elks Lodge 2321.
Honors went to Bryant Estes, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy of the year; Luke Irwin, the Slidell Police Department officer of the year; Michael A. Thiel Sr., the St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 firefighter of the year; and Ernest Wilkes, Louisiana State Police trooper of the year.
Forensic examiners Thomas Ferguson and Brett LaBauve, of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, received plaques expressing appreciation for their work leading to the arrest of two suspects in child pornography and child abuse cases.
Pat Massarini organized the Law and Order Night program, which included participation by Exalted Ruler Herb Hostler as chaplain and past Exalted Ruler Lee Guillory as master of ceremonies.
Remarks were delivered by Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan; Maj. Doug Sharp, of the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office; Slidell police Capt. John Gallaher; St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 Chief Bobby Worchel; Lt. Todd Wood, of State Police Troop L; Corey Bourgeois, of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office; Sgt. Mike Garrity and Lt. Scot Keller, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Steve Campbell, of National Marine Fisheries; Brandi Dohre and Kasey Coote, of Slidell City Court; and supervisory special agent David Riker, of the FBI.